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Tyler library encourages families to 'Dig into Reading'


For parents looking to beat the heat and entertain their children for free, one East Texas public library has just the answer.

The Tyler Public Library is inviting people of all ages to "Dig into Reading" throughout the month of July.

The summer initiative offers fun, and more importantly, free events for every member of the family, and librarians say it's all in an effort to show people why reading is so essential.

"Our main thing is to get our kids reading through the summer," said Linda Gray, the Tyler Public Library's Youth Services Librarian. "The teachers in the fall can definitely tell a difference for those kids that have kept their minds engaged over the summer, and if they happen to be learning from what they're reading, great, but if they're just enjoying it, that's really what matters the most."

Gray says summer reading does wonders for kids of all ages in helping their minds grow, and that teachers see a difference in children who have spent the summer reading when they return to school in the fall.

"Their comprehension is higher, and if they can comprehend things, they can become independent learners, where they can at least take learning opportunities from people that have that expert information and apply it in a better way, and then turn it into their own way of learning, their learning style," she said.

There are daily activities at the library this summer, everything from movie matinees on Monday and Tuesday afternoons to performing storytellers on "Fabulous Fridays."

The library is offering Fables and Films on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, a story and activity time for preschool age children, as well as weekly afternoon activity times, like Kid Buzz on Wednesdays for students kindergarten through fifth grade, and Teens & Tweens on Thursdays for older students.

They are also hosting a summer reading club for both children and adults, all with the hopes of bringing as many people as they can through their doors and getting them engaged in reading.

Gray says it's just as important for adults to be reading during the summer, because kids model themselves after the adults in their lives.

"I think that this goes for all generations, and we can just encourage this and let these children know that this is something that is a lifelong habit that will help them in their learning and in their entertainment throughout their life," said Gray.

For more information about movies or performers or how to register for activities, visit the Tyler Public Library's "Dig Into Reading" page.

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