NHPS Library Media
Inspiring a Love of Reading
Students in grades 1-3 and their parents participated in a Milk and Cookies evening Dec. 14 at Barnard Environmental Studies School. Working with their teachers, and library media specialist, the children sang songs about saving the environment, created a movie showing recycling practices, participated in a book swap (pictured), made bookmarks, and enjoyed a snack of milk and cookies.
Author Christina Cody came to Edgewood School library media center to share her story The Per-
fectly Imperfect Pumpkin to K-2 students.
Fair Haven Library “Go for the Gold” Reading Promotion Program Signs up Hundreds Hundreds of students at the Fair Haven School are participating in a voluntary reading incentive program which is the brainchild of library media specialist Lynn Virtue. Called Go for the Gold, the program has students reading at home and recording their progress in a reading log. Students color in Olympic rings that indicate 20 minutes of reading time. When K-2 students reach four hours of outside reading, they receive a bronze medal and can begin to work toward a silver and ultimately a gold. Students in grades 3-5 must read eight hours to move up a level. Parents monitor their children’s progress and sign off on the logs. Ms. Virtue keeps tracks of students’ progress by recording their accomplishments on classroom logs. Periodically she submits a list of names to the principal who recognizes the readers during morning announcements and sends Art teacher Nicole Bimonte and Volunteer Katha Cox helped LMS deserving students to the library for prizes. Prizes range from a book mark to a gold medal. Each student Lynn Virtue with the display at Fair Haven library media center. who achieves a level is recognized with a star on a bulletin board in the library media center. “Implementing a new reading incentive program school wide is an organizational challenge,” said Ms. Virtue, “but it is well worth it when I see the enthusiasm.” The program is especially helpful for students who are new English language speakers. Fair Haven is a new arrival school, which makes for a steady stream of non-English speaking students of all ages. Ursule, a 9-year-old third grader from A student at Fair Haven the Congo who has been speaking English for a year, came in for her bronze level book Students at Fair Haven are chooses a prize for mark. “I like reading books,” she said. “I have a lot of them at home.” recognized with stars on a bulletin reading at home. board when they earn medals.