LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Are your kids already bored this summer? Are you looking for something that might entertain them without costing an arm and a leg?
Well, you might want to check out the Summer Reading Club at the Longview Public Library. It could give you and your kids something to do six days a week, and best of all, it's free.
Eighteen-hundred kids are signed up, but there's always room for more. The Longview Public Library's Summer Reading Club is more than just reading, although they do advocate that...for some reason.
Jennifer Eldridge is the Youth Services Supervisor for the library, and she says they reward children for reading.
Monday they play video games, Tuesdays it's story time, Wednesdays there are special guests. Today's guest?
"Chimp Haven. It is a chimpanzee animal rescue just over the border in Louisiana," Eldridge said.
Thursday is movie day, craft day is Friday, and Saturdays it's Legos.
"Then we take a break on Sunday and we start it all over again. We kicked it off with a big party which we did on June 10, and we're going to have an end party on July 27 when we celebrate all their hard work reading all summer long," Eldridge revealed.
Emily Mayfield is taking advantage of Summer Reading Club for the second year in a row.
"Well, it's a really cool opportunity for the kids to get exposed to different programs, different activities that maybe they wouldn't get to learn about otherwise. It's really neat for the kids," Emily explained.
But the club encourages parents to bring all their kids. It's kind of like a family summer camp.
"I think it shows kids that the library and books are fun, and you can incorporate all these different activities back to learning about what you just heard about," Mayfield said.
And the really good news is:
"It is absolutely not too late to register. We register kids all the way until the last week in July," Eldridge stated.
What do kids say about the club?
"Like... it's really cool," said attendee Tarin.