OH: Library, RTA Launch Summer Reading Program

June 20--A summer children's reading partnership is kicking off Friday with a gathering at Dayton Metro Library downtown and the distribution of special library cards to encourage children to use the library.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority buses will transport more than 150 children to the Main Library to pick up the new Summer Learning Library Cards.

The goal: encourage children to read regularly through the summer months so they don't lose momentum in their reading achievement while out of school.

The cards are only good for checking out children's books, not videos or games. They'll be able to check out the books even if a parent has overdue fines. The cards are available at all Metro Library branches.

Dayton Metro Library said it's also working with community partners to distribute summer library cards to thousands of children around Montgomery County.

The cards allow a child to check out three books without having an adult co-signer. Once those books are returned, the child can take out another set of three. Metro Library said that too often children can't get their own library cards because a family member has overdue books or parents can't get to the library with their child.

RTA said it will make books accessible at transit centers for children to read while they wait for a ride. RTA added that it will also be releasing a "Read on RTA! Trip Guide," with library routes for all 21 Dayton Metro branches.

"These special library cards will encourage thousands of children to visit libraries this summer. All the experts say that children who read over the summer perform better in school," said Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director of Dayton Metro Library.

The preschool and summer learning programs that will bring children to the library are: Mini University, Dakota Center, Wesley Community Center, and the YMCA.

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