Bryan library gets grant to support reading program for at-risk students

POSTED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 4:51pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:19pm

Your child may be on summer vacation right now but Bobbee Pennington, the librarian at Bryan's Clara Mounce Public Library, says that doesn't mean their brain should be.

"You have to feed your brain or you'll get really bored. You want to keep those brain cell connections going so just read a little bit every day to stay in the reading habits."

Recently the library received a grant from the Barbara Bush Literacy Corps to support a pilot program aimed at keeping at-risk elementary students in the Bryan-College Station area from suffering from "summer reading loss."

"Whatever they've gained in the last school year, they'll lose it," said Pennington. "They'll be back maybe a couple months when they enter school in the fall and if this keeps happening that gap is only going to get wider and they'll be one, two years behind."

Research shows if a child reads four books over the summer, they'll either maintain or exceed their reading levels when they return to school in the fall.

The $3,000 grant will provide 200 students with four books each to call their own.

Something many of these students have never had.

"We're bringing the library to the streets," Pennington said.

All in an effort to keep at-risk children reading so they don't backslide during the summer months.


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