Our capacity for storytelling is one of our most powerful and important abilities as human beings — and our capacity for hearing the stories of others helps us grow in empathy and humanity.

Sometimes parents ask themselves: How do we pique our children’s curiosity? How do we ensure they continue to pursue their love for reading all year long?

Here in Kerrville, Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library has plans this summer to help. 

Today kicks off Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Club, themed “A Universe of Stories.” The program is funded by the Friends of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library. Registration begins today and ends July 26. Those who register online can email kimberly.wygant@kerrvilletx.gov with their name, age, school name, phone number and city of residence. 

To pick up a reading log and summer calendar, stop by the library or download it from the library’s website at www.

To fulfill summer reading goals, participants read books, e-books, or listen to books on CD or e-audiobooks to earn hours toward a certificate and award. (The library’s e-book collection is available at http://bhml.axis360.baker-taylor.com). 

Other summer activities will include professional programs at the Cailloux Theater for teens and children, family movies and craft and Lego programs. All programs are free of charge, and a library card is not required to participate — though registration in the Summer Reading program is requested.

Teens, too, are encouraged to join the Summer Reading Program, with hangouts for teens offered Mondays from June 3 to July 22 in the library meeting room, with fun activities like movies and knitting.

To wrap up the Summer Reading Club, an awards pizza party will be held at the library on July 31

Reading can serve as a bonding experience and help alleviate what’s known as “summer regression” — students tend to lose some of their academic acumen before classes resume in the fall. Building strong families and highly literate, lifelong learners is in everyone’s best interest, so let’s all try to break out the books.

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