Two hundred and eighty first graders from four Seattle public elementary schools in the Rainier Valley visited the Central Library in November as part of a Foundation-funded effort to encourage reading. The classes came by bus and spent the day at the Library, enjoying a special tour, program, and scavenger hunt. At the end of the day, each child received a book to take home.
These students are all “early readers,” meaning they’re just starting to read on their own. This is a critical time for children and it is especially important to guide them to books that are just right for their reading level—not too hard and not too easy. This is where help from the Library’s robust collection and skilled librarians can play a major role.
Research shows that reading follows an upward spiral—the better kids get, the more they read. Thank you for helping the Library encourage these early readers!