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INDIANAPOLIS (June 1,2015)- Kids all across central Indiana start their summer vacations this month.

Summer is often seen as a time for young students to relax for a couple of months, but education experts warn that too much downtime during the summer can cause problems during the next school year.

Summer reading programs are a great way to help students retain the information they learned during the previous school year.

The Indianapolis Public Library launched its summer reading program Monday. It’s free for kids to participate in the program, all they need to do is stop by one of the Indianapolis Public Library branches and sign up.

Studies show kids who don’t read during summer break experience what’s called “summer slide.”

The Indianapolis Public Library studied the issue and found that young children can lose approximately two months of achievement if they take summer completely off.

"Read for fun, read books that you are interested in, and come to our workshops and be social , and you will prevent the summer slide,” said Orvella Fields, manager of the Learning Curve at the Indianapolis Public Library’s central branch.

Readers in this year’s program will have a variety of prizes to choose from when they meet their reading goals. Everything from small toys to bowling passes and even free tickets to the Eiteljorg museum are up for grabs this summer.

This year’s summer reading program runs through July 27, its theme is “Beatz & Bookz.”