LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The La Crosse Public Library is launching its summer reading program.

It's a way to keep kids reading and learning for the three months they are away from school.

They have programs for all age groups, from elementary school all the way through middle and high school.

There is even a program where parents can read to their babies. "What we hope is that kids are being read to or are reading just a little bit each day, because if they do that they avoid the brain drain which is losing those skills that they've worked so hard to acquire, especially the kids in school," said Marge Loch-Wouters.

Studies show students who take part in summer reading programs head back to school in the fall better prepared to learn.