Hutto, Texas (May 31, 2019) — The Hutto Public Library kicked off the 2019 Summer Reading Program with a star-studded party on Friday, May 31. The program’s theme, “A Universe of Stories,” coincides with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and features fantastic stories for readers of all levels.

The program’s goal is encouraging participants to maintain reading skills during the summer in preparation for the next school year, along with positive habits and reading associations. 

The reading program starts with infants and preschoolers by introducing early reading skills, letters, play reading, and listening skills. The youngest age groups are only asked to read five books per week to participate.

School-age children completing kindergarten through 12 years of age are required to read 20 minutes a day or 100 minutes per week. During the school year, most elementary schools require children to read 15 - 30 minutes per day, and the summer reading program aims to help maintain that average through the summer.

“This program continues to help build positive reading habits and the love of reading,” said Lisa Riggs, Hutto Public Library supervisor. “It also helps strengthen their reading skills, encourages readers to use their imagination to become part of the story and it allows them to develop a thirst for knowledge through reading non-fiction.”

Teens and adults are encouraged to sign up for the summer reading program to experience reading as a way to relax and escape from everyday life, maintain reading habits, nurture the love of reading, and provide a great example for young readers. This year marks the 13th summer reading program sponsored by the Library. The program started with 75 children in 2007, a year before the library officially opened.

“The summer reading program has evolved since then and is designed for all ages to enjoy,” said Riggs. “Last year, more than 800 children, teens and adults, and we hope to have 1,000 readers this summer.”

Books aren’t the only draw at the Library during the summer. Family activities are also available, and all activities at the library are free, although some programs do require registration. Check the Library page on the City of Hutto website for more information.