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Books Not Screens

In partnership with the BC Teacher Librarians’ Association, 30 elementary school libraries across the province received an upgrade to their bookshelves. Included in the group are a small remote school with 25 students; an inner-city school where 50+ languages are spoken at home; and a school where the closest public library is 33km away.

On the road to learning to read, kids move from picture books to early chapter books. These books help develop the skills of readers in grades 2-4, where they are making the crucial transition from being ‘read to’ to being ‘the reader’.

One school said “We agree with library advocate Neil Gaiman who says that the simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity.”   We agree.

Thanks to the teacher librarians who helped us with this project, and whose passion for reading is seen every day as they work to make the library the heart of their schools.