Virginia Beach, VA

As part of the effort to beat summer slide, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) and Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) have partnered to bring the Summer Reading Challenge to students at six Title I schools in Virginia Beach. The schools' libraries and computer labs were open to students and their families while VBPL's youth librarians, in collaboration with the Title I staff, provided students and their families with interactive literacy activities. Students and their families were able to register and participate online in VBPL's Summer Reading Challenge. And all Title I students received eight books and a writing journal selected by a committee of K-5 Title I teachers to keep them reading and writing over the summer break.

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  • Thanks for the update Karen!

    - Betsy

  • Betsy,

    Thank you for your question! Here is the response from our Youth and Family Services Manager:

    Virginia Beach Public Library’s Youth and Family Services Librarians visited 6 Virginia Beach Elementary Schools, all falling within Title 1, to bring hands-on library programming and encourage students to register and participate in the VBPL Summer Reading Challenge. These weekly visits to the schools included STEAM and literacy based programming with activities like the science of volcanos, weather wonders, DIY summer journals and much more. The Librarians also brought all of the Library’s summer reading challenge information, helped the students log their time read over the summer and distributed their prizes earned. This allowed families who were otherwise unable to get to a library location the ability to fully participate in the program. The principals of the participating Title 1 schools were very happy with the partnership and for Summer 2014 there are 3 additional schools who have requested to participate.

  • Thanks for sharing - curious to know what the response was form the six Title l Schools and to learn more about the youth librarian's role.

    - Betsy Rubiner, the GLR Community manager.

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