"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library." ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Celebrate: A Student Who Loves Reading

Discover. Play. Build.

The library received a gift yesterday. 
This stack of books was donated to the library collection as a gift from Adair, a fifth grader. It is a graduation gift (ours is a K-5 school). I am touched that Adair chose to spend money, she has earned or was given, on books for our school library. Additionally, she chose books that she knew her classmates loved and knew were rarely on the shelves.  I love that she was thinking about our library's readers and not about herself. I asked Adair to write about why she gave the books the library. Here is her message:

"I am Adair, a 5th grader. Recently I donated many books to the Mason-Rice School library. I did this for a variety of reasons. First of all, I love Mason-Rice and it’s library. I have a lot of good memories here, and this is where I got really interested in reading. I remember, this is the place where I first read Harry Potter. Also, since second grade, I had been saving up money to donate to Mason-Rice. Then, I realized that I could buy books for the library with my money and then donate the books to the school. So, I got a wide variety of books on Amazon (through the school) and gave them to the library. I have so many good memories here, by donating these books, I will be giving other people good memories of reading, this library, and this school."

Now, just a bit about Adair. She is a voracious reader. She has been from the beginning. When I ran circulation statistics from the past six years, Adair tops the list with 405 books. This statistic is only a portion of the books she reads. I know she borrows many books from the public library in our neighborhood and that her parents support her reading habits with a home library.  (I think my students overall would borrow more books from our school library, if I gave them more time for browsing and borrowing, but with thirty minute classes, I often short change them of this time, but this is a post discussion for another time.)  Today is about Adair and her wonderful and thoughtful gift to our school library. 

These books will make readers in our library very happy. I'll be writing a note to Adair. I am using this card set from Chronicle. It's a perfect choice, right?

There's not much more to say right now, except "Thank you, Adair. Thank you for helping grow and support readers at our school."


  1. It's a lovely post of celebration, for your gift, and for the giver, too. She must be a very thoughtful young woman.

  2. What a beautiful story and what a special gift! Don't you just wish all students had that love of reading! BTW - I love the Shadow Children series!

  3. I love that you shared this as your celebration post. Hurrah for Adair!

  4. That is just amazing! What an incredible child, she's been thinking about this for awhile obviously! Big kudos to you for helping her grow as a reader!

    1. They are powerful words, the one's she wrote.