Nacogdoches Rotary takes on summer reading program

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Rotary Club of Nacogdoches is taking on an ambitious community project. This summer a literacy mobile library will be heading out to Nacogdoches neighborhoods.

Children's books are coming in at Gound Chevrolet in Nacogdoches. So many more new or lightly used books are needed for Rotary Club Nacogdoches mobile library.

"When we show up with the Mobile Library the children will be able to check out a book, but there is no record keeping and so basically the children get a book and we come back the next week," said Kent Hutchison. "If they want to bring the book back to us, great. If they don't, they want to get another book more power to them."

The power to not be among the 19 percent of adult Texans who can't read a newspaper. Or among the 85 percent of juveniles in jail who are illiterate. Reading provides such better options.

"I really like reading because it like gives you a view of something new and helps you learn," said seventh grader Delmonte Thomas.

"Your imagination grows and a bigger imagination is better," said seventh grader Gabriela Kilmer.

It gives children the opportunity to buy books. Of course the Rotary Club wants to make books available to all children.

"We've actually taken a cargo trailer and retro-fitted it," said Ed Pool. "We'll pull it behind the vehicle. And it will have air conditioning, lighting and shelves for the books."

Rotary is teaming up with Summer Lunches in the Park, Glory Gang volunteers and librarians.

"If you don't read in the summer there is a loss," said librarian Sonya Shultz. "You experience a loss of your reading ability."

And Rotary Club of Nacogdoches won't have any of that.

Cash donations can be made at Bancorp South. The Rotary Mobile Library will be in neighborhoods for 10 weeks beginning June 11.

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