David Mazor, founder of Reader to Reader, Inc. and 2011 Mass Literacy Champion, received a special honor from the Massachusetts Center for the Book at the Jones Library on March 15. He was presented with their 2018 Literacy Award, which is associated with the national Literacy Awards program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Read More »
With Valentine’s Day in February, love is in the air. But did you know that February is also Library Lovers Month? While you’re thinking about bouquets of roses and boxes of chocolates, this month is also the perfect time to think about your local library.
Better yet, you can combine both occasions. As your making valentines, show your local library some love by making one for them too. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has made it easy by creating a Love Letters for the Library webpage where you can send them a virtual valentine. They will also share your letter with local legislators to remind them how much we all love our libraries. #librarylovers
This summer, children and teens across Massachusetts participated in the Summer Smart Reading Challenge, an innovative competition designed to instill a lifelong love of reading in students. Now in its second year, the challenge is a partnership between Mass Literacy and the ed-tech startup Readocity.
Students competed to log the most reading minutes over the summer using the online program Readocity. Now the results are in:
In the category of school, the winner is John T. Nichols Jr. Middle School in Middleborough. They will receive a $1000 grant from Mass Literacy for their school library. Students entering grades seven and eight participated in the program, and they logged a total of 64,000 minutes.
In the category of individual student, the winner is Anna DuFresne, a seventh-grader who is also a student John T. Nichols Jr. Middle School. DuFresne read 1,825 minutes this past summer.
For more information, check out this article in the Boston Herald.
For the second year in a row, Mass Literacy and the local education technology startup Readocity have partnered to offer the free Summer Smart Reading Challenge to Massachusetts students entering grades K-12. The challenge inspires a love of books and reading in children and teens while helping them stave off summer learning loss.
Students can participate on their own or through their school. For schools that sign up, Mass Literacy will award a $1000 grant to the school library that logs the most reading minutes on average per student.
Readocity is providing their innovative literacy tool for free as part of the challenge, which allows readers to set reading goals, track their progress, discover age-appropriate book recommendations, and access weekly reading tips to engage readers in discussions about the books they have read.
Summer reading is especially important because it helps children avoid the summer slide, which can cause children to lose up to three months of the academic gains that they made during the school year. Reading over the summer also has many additional benefits.
Readocity’s Chief Literacy Adviser Dr. Andrew Johnson says that one of the best things we can do as parents and teachers is to help children fall in love with books. “The amount of reading students do has been linked to increases in word identification, vocabulary, comprehension, and conceptual knowledge” said Johnson. “The research is very clear: free voluntary reading is very effective and important.”
The challenge runs from July 1 through August 24. Sign up today at www.Readocity.com/SummerSmart.
Big changes are happening at the Millis Middle/High School Library in Massachusetts. That’s because school librarian and 2018 Mass Literacy Champion Patsy Divver is engaging students in a new way thanks to her Mass Literacy Champions grant.
The grant will be used to purchase new resources, redecorate and create programs to help students feel a sense of ownership in the library. Divver has created a Teen Library Council to lead the way. “These students are enthusiastic, imaginative and willing to work” Divver said.
The Teen Library Council is tasked with researching new books, comfortable furniture and other resources, and then helping to decide what they will purchase for the library. Read More »