New program aims to get kids reading over summer

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Friday is national summer learning day.

To celebrate, a new program kicked off in Dayton that’s making it easier for kids to read this summer.

The Dayton Metro Library and RTA have identified barriers such as transportation and overdue fines on parent’s library accounts that make it difficult for kids to get access to books over the summer.

This program works around those to make sure every child is getting the same opportunity to continue their education.

More than 100 students were at the main library in Dayton kicking off this partnership.

It will allow kids to check out three books from libraries across Montgomery County without having an adult co-signer.

Another part of the initiative involves RTA.

It’s making books accessible at each of its transit centers for children to have easy access to them.

Those involved say research shows kids can fall behind in the summer months.

The goal is to turn that around with library cards and books.

“I think I saw a girl in the library earlier this week and she said to me my library card is the key to my dreams and so with out children learning and exploring all that there is in the world, they may never reach their full potential,” said Diane Farrell with the Dayton Metro Library. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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