Library’s summer reading program starts June 10

“Fizz, Boom, Read!” Be a part of the 2014 Texas Reading Club at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library. The program is will begin June 10 on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m., library director Melanie Todd announced.

The program will conclude with the Summer Reading Finale at the Rockdale I&GN Depot Museum on Thursday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m.

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,” Todd said.

Research has shown that when children have the freedom to select books that they want to read, they read more. Reading for pleasure means having the freedom to read what is pleasing to the reader. Programs like the Texas Reading Club are designed 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 - ty 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 added.

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

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