HALLSVILLE — Hallsville’s fourth year of its Summer Reading program got off to a big start on Tuesday at Hallsville North Elementary School, with a packed house of children showing up to hear books read aloud, check out books and have refreshments.

“It’s a great turn out for our first event,” co-organizer Brandon Sheffield said on Tuesday.

The Hallsville Summer Reading program allows Hallsville children and students the opportunity to continue reading throughout the summer by receiving free books to take home and read, or by allowing them to check out books from the elementary schools’ libraries.

The program meets at 10 a.m. every Tuesday through July 30.

Hallsville ISD elementary students this summer will be allowed to check out a book from their elementary school’s library from 8 a.m. to noon each Tuesday.

The Summer Reading program locations will vary each week, with meetings set for Hallsville City Hall, Hallsville police and fire departments and Hallsville City Park.

Marshall, Jefferson and Waskom Summer Reading programs also kick off soon.

The Jefferson Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading program, titled “A Universe of Stories,” kicks off at 10 a.m. today and will follow at 10 a.m. each Wednesday, through July 10, including July 3.

For a full schedule, visit the library’s website at www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.org/ or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jeffersoncarnegielibrary/.

Marshall and Waskom Public Library’s Summer Reading programs both begin next week.

Marshall’s programming will host activities each Tuesday through Friday, each week, beginning June 11 and running through Aug. 2.

Registration is currently going on.

For a full Marshall summer reading program schedule, visit the library’s website at www.marshalltexas.net/departments/library or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarshallPublicLibrary/.

Waskom’s will take place at 2 p.m. June 13, 20 and 27 and July 11, 18 and 25.

For more information about the summer reading program, call the library at 903-687-3041 or visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/waskompubliclibrary/.

All programs are free of charge.