I have an announcement to make: My 3-year-old godson, Tyler, is a bookworm.

My best friend Debbie works nights at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, so I volunteered to watch him.

Fortunately, during the nights Tyler and I spend together, we have our noses in a good book. Last night, we were reading the children’s book “Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover” by Cece Bell.

The story is about a controlling Rabbit having a sleepover with his friend, Robot. Things didn’t turn out as well as Rabbit planned. First it was differences in making pizza. Robot liked only nuts and bolts and screws on top. (Good thing he has magnetic hands.) Next it was watching TV   — the remote was missing and Rabbit was a mess trying to find it.

Overall, it’s a funny tale about two comically mismatched friends. The book is available at the Cove library.

After we enjoyed ourselves and it was time for bed, Tyler looked at me and said: “MoMo (his nickname for me), I like to read. It’s fun to me.”

Then the light bulb in my brain went off. If within one year I can get my 3-year-old godson to not only know how to read, but love to read, too, what can I accomplish in one summer?

Luckily, with the kickoff of the upcoming Summer Reading Program, the Cove library is looking for volunteers.

“It’s always good to have the community lend their support,” said Kevin Marsh, Cove library director. “It’s truly rewarding.”

Marsh encouraged all who want to volunteer during the Summer Reading Program to bring in applications as early as possible. The first Summer Reading Program volunteer meeting is at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

And, of course, I will be there.

For more information on how to volunteer, call the library at 254-547-3826 or stop by at 501 S. Main St., Copperas Cove.

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​

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