Spending positive time with my grandchildren is a priority for me. Spending time with them in an inexpensive manner is even better. At the beginning of summer I guaranteed the 3 oldest grandchildren that we would have a summer of adventures. And we have! We have gone to the lake and a local splash pad, we have played at the park, but best of all, we have participated in the summer reading program at our local library. Ethel Everhard Memorial Library in Westfield, Wisconsin is a small library that offers a large variety of programs for area youth. The theme for the weekly program has been titled Every Hero Has a Story and has included programs that included community hero, animals as heroes, environmental heroes, as well as the hero in every one of us. Besides the weekly program, the library has also scheduled an opportunity for youth to gather monthly to create with Legos. What child doesn’t like to build with Legos and have the opportunity to see their friends during the summer? To top it off, all of these programs have been free. Not only does the library offer us the opportunity to spend time together, it also ensures my grandchildren are practicing their reading skills. Children are exposed to books, reading and learning for 9 months of the year, and then summer arrives and studying takes a back seat to playing. Research shows that if children are not exposed to books and reading during the summer, they lose some their skills so they need to play catch up at the beginning of the school year. By giving my grandchildren the chance to check out library books, and reading them together, I am giving them the opportunity to excel in school. Most communities have a public library, and many of them offer programming of some sort. The library is a great resource for families that want to be involved with their community, want to spend positive time together, and maintain a child’s reading level. You do not need to wait until next summer to expose your child to the library.