Rockdale Library starts annual Texas Reading Club

“Get a the Library!” is the theme for this year’s Texas Reading Club at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Librar y. The program is offered during June on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., library director Melanie Todd said.

The 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.

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. 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, Todd added. This is especially critical for new readers and for children who have difficulty reading. Children who enjoy regular visits to the library are more likely to continue to be readers and library supporters as adults.

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, Todd said.

Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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