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Library Managers Keep Kids Reading with Curbside Checkout

Library Managers Keep Kids Reading with Curbside Checkout 

librarians standing at cart with books

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Grants Pass School District 7 library managers have come up with a novel idea to ensure physical books are getting into the hands of students who are learning online.

At each of our schools - elementary, middle, and high - the library managers are checking out books curbside. Students request the books they want (or ask for recommendations), and at designated times throughout the week, library managers wheel the requests out to the front of the school for parents or students to pick up.

District Librarian Kate Weber says curbside checkout is a great way to maintain connections with students while they are learning from home and a great way to enhance learning.

"There is a strong connection between access to lots and lots of book choices and the subsequent gains in reading and writing scores," Weber says." In addition, reading fiction has a positive impact on empathy, which is so important in our world right now."

Library managers have also set up their own Canvas pages where they read aloud to students and share library skills demonstrations.

If you would like to check-out books, call your school for pick-up times and locations.