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Parkwood Observes Read Across America Day

Beth Myles, branch manager at the Waxhaw Public Library, speaks to Parkwood High students on Read Across America Day.

Many high school students fondly remember celebrating Read Across America Day in elementary school by reading lots of Dr. Seuss books, wearing Cat in the Hat headwear and even eating green eggs and ham! On March 2nd, schools and libraries across the nation hold reading events to celebrate Read Across America Day, the birthday of beloved author and illustrator Dr. Seuss. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. In his career, he wrote and illustrated more than forty books. Some of the most memorable and well-loved characters he created are The Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle and the Grinch. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, three Caldecott Honor awards and many other awards in his lifetime.


Although no one dressed like the Cat in the Hat at Parkwood High School on March 2, 2015, there were events planned to recognize and promote reading and Read Across America Day. Two representatives from the Union County Public Library, Beth Myles from the Waxhaw branch and Amy Green from the Marshville branch, gave presentations all day in the Media Center, promoting public library programs and services. They also assisted students who were interested in applying for a library card. Myles and Green emphasized the rich digital collection the library has to offer. Myles told the students, “We have patrons who come in to the library to apply for a card and then rarely see them, because they are downloading e-books and audiobooks or using the online databases from home.” Lisa Moniz, library media coordinator, was enthused to collaborate with Green and Myles. “This is the second time this year that public librarians have visited Parkwood.” said Moniz. “We are so fortunate to have such a great library system in Union County, and I want to be sure our students are aware of the tremendous free resources available to them.”


The Parkwood Beta Club kicked off a week-long book drive on March 2nd. Students are encouraged to donate new and gently used children’s books to be given to elementary schools in the Parkwood cluster. The Beta Club set up collection boxes in the main office, Media Center, English classrooms and the Front Lobby. English teacher and Beta Club sponsor Megan Clement said, “"Reading and literacy are important to success, and the activities this week are meant to make those opportunities available to all of our students within the Parkwood community."


Clement also arranged a Book Fair for Parkwood High School at the Barnes and Noble ( Arboretum Shopping Center location) for the week of March 5 - 10, 2015. Shoppers who visit Barnes and Noble and mention Parkwood High School at check-out will ensure that the school receives some of the proceeds from the sales. The Beta Club will use funds raised at Barnes and Noble to promote reading and purchase books for students in Parkwood cluster schools.
 

Written by: Lisa Moniz, Library Media Coordinator
Posted: Mar 04, 2015 by Lisa Moniz

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