National Young Readers Week is a time to promote reading to young children. This week (November 9-13) is important because many schools and educational programs offer incentives to encourage young people to read.
Literacy rates are often linked to standards of living — those who can read at acceptable levels typically have better education and better jobs. Unfortunately this creates a vicious cycle because students who come from disadvantaged economic backgrounds often read at a lower reading level compared to their more affluent peers. Even more alarming is that according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, across the board, nearly six million junior high and high school students can’t read at acceptable levels.
Children can’t just learn to read — they need to learn to love, or at least like, to read. They need to read more to get better at it so they have a better shot at a good education and a good job. Whether you’re a teacher or not, everyone has the responsibility and the power to help children read. So take the time every day, but especially this week, to grab a book and either give it to a young reader or read it to or with a child. We have plenty of books available for you in the library’s collections.
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