We hear the laments of nothing for youth in the city. Please take a look at Austin Fisher’s story this week on page B1 about the Española Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. It’s more than reading books.

    The Program just officially started but it runs through the end of August and children may join at any time. The first event is this weekend as writer, composer, producer and educator Jon Barnes will play and teach instruments June 11 through 13. It’s free and open to the public.

    The theme is Libraries Rock and Library Director Sherry Aragon has married rock music with geology. Sounds like a fun time.

    We have a really tough time getting students in the Española Valley reading at grade level. If your child is a little behind or is resisting reading, maybe the Summer Reading Program will shake them out of that funk. We all need great reading skills to succeed in life. It’s the most important thing a student can learn.

    To motivate those dragging their feet through the front doors, Aragon has arranged small prizes on the front end and big ones toward the end. Opera tickets, bicycles and skateboards await the big readers at the end of all the fun.

    So turn off the television, get your child’s face out of Facebook and drop them at the library. Times and details are in Fisher’s story. This is good social skills learning with entertainment and education. No one loses in this Program.

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