Thanks to LINC libraries, kids had plenty of books to enjoy during break

A smiling young girl sits in the library with a book.


First-grader Isabella Sabia was on a mission when she marched up to the neatly organized bookshelves at Lopez Elementary School.

“I like princess books, fairy books and mermaids,” she said as she perused the shelves for something she might want to take home. 

Even though school isn’t in session, students like Isabella have been able to pop into school libraries over the summer to check out books and participate in fun learning activities. These LINC libraries help keep students engaged with learning over the summer and can help combat summer slide.

LINC Libraries were open every Tuesday and Thursday, and on each of those days, students could also participate in a learning activity on topics including astronomy, gardening and chess. Students often left LINC libraries with smiles on their faces and an armful of books.

Ulyanna Sandoval, a fifth-grader at Bacon Elementary, recently looked over the shelf for a new mystery book. She said that’s her favorite type of summer book because she enjoys the suspense. 

“They’re really excited,” said Melissa Hartman, Bacon media specialist. “They love the fact that they don’t have a limit on how many books they can check out.”

At one recent session at Bacon Elementary, students took a yoga class, something most of them had never done before. Many of them started the lesson looking a bit perplexed as yoga instructor Robin Hughes encouraged them to take long, deep breaths. By the end of it, they were eagerly following along with her every pose. 

At one point, she even held a newspaper in front of her and asked the students to mimic what it was doing. When she folded it in half, they reached down to touch their toes.

“The kids are really excited about reading, and some of the presenters are including literacy in their presentation,” Hartman said.