Local students will have the chance to use the Joplin Public Library for free this summer.
Temporary library cards will be offered to any K-12 student wanting to check out books, regardless of whether they live in town or not. The project runs in conjunction with the summer reading club and is designed to prevent the so-called “summer slump.”
“That is when kids leave school and they don’t stay active with their brains engaged, that they can lose some ground. And that happens particularly in reading,” says Jacque Gage.
The free library cards aren’t limited to students of any particular area, but have a few conditions. An adult must sign off on the card and any fines incurred must be paid off before borrowing additional materials.