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Cooling Off with a Good Book

Students listen as Rea View's Assistant Principal, Ms. Ness, reads "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" by Laura Numeroff.

What do you get when you cross a 93° summer day with a cool Media Center?  You get numerous delighted students checking out 170 books to read!

School may be out for the summer, but on Thursday, June 25th, the Rea View Elementary Media Center opened its doors to offer students the opportunity to drop in and browse new books and catch up with old friends.

The initiative to open the Media Center during the summer was a collaborative effort on the part of school administration, PTA members, and school staff members.

With the PTA-sponsored “Read with Rocky” fundraiser going on throughout the summer, the staff at Rea View wanted to support the students and help them attain their reading goals.  Students are familiar with the layout of the Media Center and know where to go to find their favorite books/series titles, which are all available due to the fact that school is not in session.  “It seems like a win-win situation,” says Jennifer Brown, the school’s Media Coordinator.  “Students are reading over summer break and many are participating in the fundraiser.  I’ll do whatever I can to encourage our students to read.”

In addition to their old favorites, students were excited to see the new books recently added, including Loot by Jude Watson, Revealed by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and several books in the popular series The Rescue Princesses by Paula Harrison.

“My favorite part was hearing Ms. Ness read books,” said rising first grade student Emily Stanton.  A “Mystery Reader” is scheduled for each day the Media Center is open.  Ms. Ness, Rea View’s Assistant Principal and Thursday’s Mystery Reader, read two of her favorite books by author Laura Numeroff.

Thursday’s event was definitely a success.  As Ms. Ness states, “It was so nice to see so many familiar faces checking out so many books.  Our students were excited to pick out books that they could take home and enjoy.  I also loved being able to share two of my favorite books with the students.  I even saw one of our new kindergartners pick out one of the books I read today.  It is very enjoyable to see the love of reading in our students and to help instill that with our students at such a young age.”


Parents who attended the event expressed their gratitude and thought it was a “great idea” to open the Media Center during the summer.  Students at Rea View will have three more opportunities to visit the Media Center this summer:  Thursday, July 9th 10:30 – 11:30; Thursday, July 23rd 10:30 – 11:30; and Thursday, August 6th 1:00 – 2:00.  

Written by: Jennifer Brown - School Library Media Coordinator
Posted: Jun 25, 2015 by Jennifer Brown

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