HPL Promotes Literacy With Summer Reading Program

The Houston Public Library has kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program, to give children and adults a constructive way to spend their time during their summer vacations. Jim Bell reports.

The Summer Reading Program has been held every year for nearly a hundred years. Houston Public Library Foundation President Susan Bischoff says about 50 thousand Houston area kids and adults are signed up for it this year.

“The Summer Reading Program in Houston and in most cities is something that’s been around for years, since I was a child and doing it.  And what it does is an honor system.  It encourages children to read over the summer. They have to read 10 books, and then we give prizes.”

Bischoff says the summer program offers all kinds of entertainment, science activities and crafts for people of all ages. For adults there are author visits, book discussion groups, music programs and more, and it’s all free.  Bischoff says there is an ulterior motive for the program, for school age kids.

“Summer reading is particularly important because if children don’t read over the summer, they lose some of their reading skills.”

Bischoff says that’s why it’s a good idea to keep the learning fire burning during the summer months so kids can hit the ground running when school starts in the fall.  The Summer Reading Program goes through August 1st at all Houston Public Library branches. 

Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.