YAKIMA, Wash.-- Kids in the Yakima Valley have the chance to stay mentally active this summer thanks to some summer reading programs.
Libraries across the valley are gearing the program toward low-income families whose children who may not have access to as many resources and might lose about three months of reading literacy over the summer.
Parents say programs like these actually help kids prepare for the upcoming school year.
"Reading actually helps them strengthen language skills and when they go back to school they will have that little knowledge and when they get there it's like hey, I know what this is about," said a local parent.
The program runs through August 9th at 17 libraries across the valley, with activities happening every day for kids of all ages.