The Covington County School District librarians, the Covington County Library System, the Covington County Friends of the Library, the Little Free Libraries of Covington County, the Covington County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Delta Chapter (Delta Kappa Gamma), and the Shadrack Rogers Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution are jointly sponsoring Read Across America, March 1 – 5, 2021, in Covington County.
This special week, first started in 1998, is a celebration of reading and the goal is to have every child in our county read to someone or to have someone read to them during the week. The primary emphasis is March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Research has proved that children who read and are read to daily do better in school. Part of developing a lifelong love of reading is also giving children books with characters who represent them and who have different experiences from them. In our diverse and complex society, students need books that provide both windows and mirrors if we are going to create more readers, writers, and people who feel included and recognized, and who understand that the world is far richer than just their experiences alone.
We would like you to join us in celebrating this week!
Suggestions are as follow:
· Keep books everywhere you spend time. Put them in the car, in every room of the house, and tuck them in backpacks and purses. Make them easily accessible.
· Visit the library often. Knowing how to use the library and learning the benefits of a library fosters a love of reading as well as a genuine respect for the services libraries provide. We have public libraries in Collins, Mount Olive, and Seminary. Get a library card—they are free!
· Visit our nine Little Free Libraries.
· Join the Friends of the Library. Applications are at all public libraries and individual memberships are only $3.00.
· Donate books to any of our libraries, including the Little Free Libraries.
· Get caught reading. Children imitate what they see the adults around them do. Whether they see you read a magazine, newspaper or novel, let them know reading is the cool thing to do.
· Read to your children. No matter their age, reading aloud strengthens their vocabulary and language skills. It also opens up opportunities for discussion.
According to James Pickard, Director Covington County Library System, “The Covington County Library System has branches in Collins (R E Blackwell Memorial Library), Seminary (Conner-Graham Memorial Library), and Mount Olive (Jane Blain Brewer Memorial Library). The libraries are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:30 in Collins and Seminary, and 9:30 to 5:30 in Mt Olive. Due to the pandemic, masks and social distancing are required, and there is a limit of ten people in each library. More information, and a link to our new eBook services, can be found at our website: www.ccls.lib.ms.us.
“Read Across America Week gives our students another opportunity to experience the magic of reading and the impact it can have on their lives. The Covington County School Librarians: Janet Bullock, CES; Volanda Ulmer, CMS; Lisa Carter, CHS; Stephanie Harvey and Melanie Hays, MOAC; Janet Williams, HES; Kadie Bryant and Doris Woods, SES, SMS, and SHS strive to celebrate reading and literacy throughout the year by providing students with opportunities to connect with literature. We all work towards the common goal of making our school libraries the center of our school community and make reading a fun experience. According to Dr. Seuss, ‘The more you read, the more things you will know, and the more you learn, the more places you’ll go! So, let all pick up a book and READ!’”