Wichita Falls students are walking out of class for the last time this school year.

But just because it's now time for summer fun doesn't mean the learning needs to stop.

Officials at the public library want to make sure that students maintain as much knowledge as possible while they're out of the classroom for the next few months.

That's why they're encouraging youngsters to get involved in the library's summer reading program so they can avoid the "summer slide."

"One of the things that we love about the summer reading program is that it's something that prohibits the summer slide. It's something fun that they can do that can keep them from forgetting everything they learned in school," says Children's Librarian, Erin Warzala.

By signing up for the summer reading program students on summer vacation can choose a book, log at least 10 hours of reading and win prizes.

"Anything from sandbuckets with lots of goodies inside. Crayons, coloring sheets, incentives from local businesses for free food," says Wichita Falls Public Library Youth Services Manager, Kathy Vossler.

Children in the summer reading program can also log their hours after reading an e-reader, even a newspaper!

But according to pew research, 91% of parents still prefer their children to read a physical book when it comes to learning.

Vossler adds, "When you got a physical book, your'e turning the pages....you're learning how to treat a book properly, you see the pictures on the page so you're interacting with it more with your eyes because it's a little bit more dementional than something on a flat screen."

So as your child starts their summer vacation chapter, Vossler says the library can be a great place to visit this summer to keep those knowlege levels soaring.

"We want coming to library to be something fun and something they look forward to. We don't want it to seem like an extension of the school year where they're forced to read a certain thing. We want them to choose what they're reading....The main thrust is for them to have fun."

The library isn't just for the bigger kids who can read....  if you have kids too young to read... no problem...  they can still get involved through a new summer reading program called "Read to Me."

For more information on that and how to sign up for the other summer reading program... just follow this link:

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