Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Expanding Book Delivery Program to Public Schools
From the Columbus Metropolitan Library:
Tomorrow, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will begin delivering bins of carefully selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district. This new service is part of a larger CML effort to impact early literacy and third grade reading.
CML piloted the book delivery program with Groveport-Madison’s six elementary schools during the 2013-14 school year, and will seek to expand this service based on its success.
Each classroom in the schools below will receive a bin that contain fiction and nonfiction books that are identified as being “high interest” – books students in each grade level will be interested to read.
“We strive to be an out-of-school learning resource for students in Franklin County,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “But we’re also working on ways we can support teachers and ensure that the right books are getting into the hands of kids in their classroom to foster their interest in reading.”
CCS selected the 16 elementary schools based on which high schools that school’s students will attend. CML will deliver and pick up the bins at the beginning of the school year but CCS will eventually take over the transportation.
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