TYLER, TX (KLTV) - While reading might not be on your child's to-do list during summer vacation. A summer reading program here in east Texas is encouraging kids to pick up a book during the break.
From fiction to nonfiction a public library has a little bit of everything for every reading level.
Ashley Taylor, the circulation supervisor for the Tyler Public Library says the library is the perfect place to prevent the 'summer slide' for students
"So, they will forget what they learned the previous year, but reading can help keep those mental cells keep going," said Taylor.
A study by John Hopkins says because children are away from the classroom and not participating in formal literacy programs the 'summer slide' kicks in.
Taylor says the library's summer reading program is a free and accessible way to motivate kids to read.
"There is a certain number of hours you have to read to qualify for awards," said Taylor.
The program asks the kids to keep a reading log and turn it in at the end of summer.
So, the more a child reads the better the reward will be.
The loss of reading adds up over years, according to the Hopkins study.
The loss could have later-life consequences including high school curriculum placement if kids drop out of high school, and whether they attend college.
Alelya Stone, the reference librarian says this program also encourages parents to join the adult division.
For more information on the reading program or registration click here.