‘Catch Reading Express’ under way at library

The Texas Reading Club with the theme “Catch the Reading Express” is under way and will continue through June on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., or Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.

“Goals of the Texas Reading club are to encourage the children and families of Texas to read for pleasure, to help children maintain and improve their reading skills, to encourage them to become lifelong readers and library users, and to establish reading as a foundation for academic success,” said Melanie Todd, head librarian.

Research has shown that when children have the freedom to select books that they want to read, they read more, Todd said.

“Reading for pleasure means having the freedom to read what is pleasing to the reader,” Todd said.

Programs like the Texas Reading Club are designed specifically to encourage free-choice reading.

Research also shows that reading during school vacations allows children to maintain and improve reading skills achieved during the academic year. This is especially critical for new readers and for children who have difficulty reading, Todd said.

“Children who enjoy regular visits to the library are more likely to continue to be readers and library supporters as adults,” she said.

The library plays an important role by equalizing access to information, technology, creative experiences, and educational and recreational materials for all children and their caregivers.

Library hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-6; Thursday 10-8; and Saturday 10- 2. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.

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