The largest part of the Reluctant Readers Grant was used to purchase more than 650 library books that are non-fiction, graphic novels, or series books which are appropriate for our students. Some of the books that were purchased are from the following series: American Girl, Fancy Nancy, Magic Tree House, Mr. Potter and Tabby and Lego Ninjago. Not only are the students still using them, they LOVE them! These books are currently in circulation at the library and are the most frequently checked out books by students.
Books purchased through this grant especially touch the academic lives of every second grader at Meadowbrook. Through this grant, many non-fiction books were purchased for the purpose of having research information available to students studying different countries from around the world. Every second grader at Meadowbrook is involved in a country project. During this project students read a book about the country they have chosen to research. While reading the book, they are expected to take notes. After completing the reading and note taking, students create a project on the assigned/chosen country. Books purchased through this grant greatly support this effort. Similarly, second graders are also involved in a sea creature project with a similar process with a different topic subject. Non-fiction books of various levels were purchased through this grant to support this effort as well.
In the spring of 2014, Meadowbrook also had a fantastic event during reading week called Experiment with a New Series Night. Whole families came into the school to participate in this event. Many students and their parents ran tables, each one dedicated to a specific series of books. The families received a list of lab notes upon entering and it was their job to walk around the school and figure out which lab note went with each series. When they got it correct, the parent at that table stamped their lab notes. When all lab notes were stamped, the participants brought them to the library where they were allowed to look through the many books we have and choose one that they could check out. This event was attended by over 100 people and fun was had by all. Meadowbrook is hopeful that similar events especially during reading week will follow for years to come continuing to put these books to good use.