NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Preparations for summer reading programs are well underway in Nacogdoches.
Carpenter Elementary's book fair is timed perfectly for students to stock up on their summer reading material.
Colorful covers and age-appropriate stories hook the students into building reading skills instead of losing them. Their librarians know the rule of reading.
"You need to read about 20 minutes every day to improve your reading," said Linsey Taylor, the librarian at Carpenter Elementary.
Failure to do so puts the child on the "summer slide."
"Where if students don't read during the summer they actually fall back in grade levels," said Crystal Hicks, an assistant librarian at the Judy McDonald Public Library.
Reading incentive programs are offered. The Judy McDonald Public Library kicks off its reading program June 4. Play packs will be given throughout the summer. The big prize comes at the end.
"Kids, teens, and adults can come in and submit logs of their reading, so that they can enter to win a prize at the end of the summer," Hicks said.
Major retailers offer similar reading incentives. Carpenter Elementary's library page, which can be found on the NacISD website, gets you there.
"From there you can click on any of the tiles and it will take you to their reading program," Taylor said.
The community and individuals are also promoting summer reading. The Nacogdoches Rotary Club will continue its mobile library at city parks.
McMichael Middle School eighth-grader Jailynn Sayler returned to Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary, her former school with her over 200 books for the school's library.
And after three years of trying, some school libraries will be open certain days of the week.
"Reading is everything," Taylor said. We can build that really solid reading foundation, and then everything else is gonna fall into place and won't be as much of a struggle."
In addition, special activities, games and family nights will be offered during public libraries' busiest season.
Information on Nacaogdches ISD summer programs can be found on the district website, under a school's library tab.
The Judy McDonald Public Library, as well as libraries most anywhere, have their full summer schedules on their sites.