The annual Summer Reading Club is beginning this June 7 with registration. In an article (Helping to Prevent Summer Reading Loss) on PBS Parents, Julie M. Wood, Ed.D stated that “Children need to engage with books every day so they can maintain, and ideally strengthen, all the literacy skills they learned during the previous school year.”

“The stakes for children who do not read over summer vacation are high. Substantial research on this topic shows it’s usually the students who can least afford to lose ground as readers who are most likely to suffer from summer reading loss and fall far behind their peers.” The library is encouraging children to read over the summer with the annual summer reading club so that they can maintain or improve on their reading skills.

The library is also offering special summer activities for children.

  • Annual Bubble Day: the Science of Bubbles with the Texas Energy Museum. The activity is located next to the Willard Library in the John Paul Davis Community Center on Friday, June 15 from 10:30 to 12pm. All Ages are Welcome!
  • Reading Rocks with Fox and Socks is a magical tribute to Dr. Seuss with Julian Franklin and his puppets. All Ages are Welcome!
  • Art-to-Go – ages 6 to 12 can create an art project with Andy Gardner from the Art Museum of Southeast Texas.

Preschoolers can continue to enjoy the Thursday morning (10:30am) story times at the Willard Library.

  • How Big is a Pig? – June 7
  • I Love My Dad – June 14
  • Summer Fun – June 21
  • Independence Day – June 28