It was Summer Reading week in my library.Each year, I invite my friend Jean, who works at the public library, to spend the week with me to talk with the students about the Summer Reading Program. The goals are two-fold: make the connection/transition to the public library for reading materials when the school library is closed and to get the students excited about reading over the summer.
Another great thing that made this year special is that the public librarians and school librarians got together to develop the summer reading lists. I loved this collaborative experience and look forward to continuing it in the future. Why did we ever develop two separate lists? Want to know what we came up with? Check out the lists at the bottom of this post.Here's how the week worked, Jean met with each grade level. She explained the summer reading program and then talked about a few of the books on the book list. Each list has 30 varied and diverse titles. After 15 minutes of talking books, the students had 15-20 minutes to explore the books on the list.
I loved talking with them about the books and witnessing the power of a great reading list in action: the books had to be pried from the students' hands.
As I was giving the students my "the more you read the more you retain" speech about how the amount of time spent engaged in free voluntary reading (or independent reading) has a direct correlation to the retention of knowledge and material learned the previous year, regardless of subject or discipline. During the first class, I came up with "Read to Retain." I love this phrase, it is concise and gets the message across. Given what I witnessed my students were not reading to retain, but reading because they wanted to and because the books are great.
The real message of the week? **READ** Read anything and everything -- books in every format, magazines, cereal boxes, game directions, Sunday funnies -- you name it, you've read it...it counts.
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