Building a better world with Hill Country libraries

Summer reading programs kick off this summer with help from PEC

Paging all readers! As the days start to heat up, public libraries across the Hill Country are kicking off their summer reading programs: activities, events and prize-filled competitions to keep minds of all ages engaged through the summer months.

This year’s statewide theme is “Build a Better World,” and at the Johnson City Library, librarian Maggie Goodman couldn’t wait to get started.

“It’s fun to see how the kids get so excited about things, and it’s so important to keep them reading in the summer,” Goodman said. “If they don’t read in the summer, they can lose one to two grade levels in their reading. Reading’s like any skill: You use it or lose it.”

a woman and a child with a donkey
The Johnson City Library “kicked off” its summer reading program with a visit from local Sally Armstrong’s miniature donkeys.

For our area libraries, PEC is more than just an electric service provider. Concern for community is woven into the fabric of PEC as a matter of principle, and we’re proud to support our libraries as they keep our Hill Country community reading, learning and growing. In addition to donating funds to educational foundations and qualifying libraries through our education contributions, we annually provide prizes for summer reading programs across the region.

Reading’s not just about doing well in school or on the job, Goodman explained. It’s really at the heart of building a better world.

“We can’t be good citizens of our family, community, world, if we can’t understand who we are and where we’ve come from — and how better to understand than to read and learn?” she said.

Look for our bookmarks at your local library this summer, and get reading!

To learn more about programs or to volunteer at the Johnson City Library, visit