PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island library is bringing books to children during the summer with a mobile library.

WPRI-TV reports the Providence Community Library's Mobile Library has helped hundreds of children since the program started. The bus makes weekly visits to area elementary schools and recreation centers.

Mobile Library Director Cary Stough says the program makes reading more accessible for children. Stough says the bus helps with math activities and creative exercises too.

The initiative was made possible through a grant with the United Way.

The Providence Public Library's Passport to Summer Learning is also helping children in the area.

Early Childhood Services Coordinator Anne Kilkenny says children can lose up to three months of learning in the summer if they're not engaged. Kilkenny says the program has made a substantial difference.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com