Library Services – Sharing the Joy of Reading

By Eric Steckel | April 5, 2021

Elmer Strasser as Don Luis Maria Peralta_Library Services

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Children love a good story, something that lets their imagination soar! Despite constraints imposed by distance learning, our Succeeding by Reading Library Services Program has continued to open the doors of reading to the kids in our community. Here are a few ways they have shared the joy of reading.

  • Grab-and-Go Book Giveaway – We have received – and given away – over 3,000 books this school year. The books we receive are new or slightly used. We clean them up, package 4 or 5 of them in a handy tote, and give them to the children and their families at designated locations.
  • School Library Book Circulation – Working inside the MLK, Jr. and Carl Munck Elementary School libraries, we have developed approximately 900 loaner bags (of 4-5 books each) so that students have access to quality books. Even when the students get back to school, library visits may be prohibitive, so this is a way to keep books in the hands of eager young readers.
  • Online Book Reading – We continue to share stories with the children through online reading sessions. In celebration of Black History Month, we added a historic component to the sessions, focusing on the role Children Rising volunteers played in the civil rights movement. And for a special treat, Miss Kim reads a birthday book personalized for kindergarten children celebrating a birthday. They love it! (See the video below.)
  • Expanded Library Locations – This year we have been working with Carl Munck Elementary School to reopen a school library that has stood closed for five years.


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