Summer Reading Club starting at city library

Elementary and intermediate school-aged children are invited to “Dig Into Reading” and be a part of the Texas Reading Club’s summer program at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library, according to Librarian Melanie Todd.

The program is offered during June on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., or Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.

Todd said 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,” she 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,” she said.

“Research also shows that reading during school vacations allows children to maintain and improve reading skills achieved during the academic year,” she said.

“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,” 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,” Todd said.

Librar y Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 10-6; Thursday 10-8; and Saturday 10-2. Closed: Sunday & Monday.

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