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Specialist gets Washington County summer reading program going

August 03, 2008

Mary Holter, a reading specialist at Williamsport Elementary School, wants young readers to continue over the summer months to practice the skills that they learned during the school year.

It is a fact that students who do not read over the summer months often lose some of the skills they have acquired during the previous school year.

Holter approached Susan Schnebly of the Williamsport Memorial Library and the school's PTA to help her in her effort to promote reading and literacy among school-aged children during the summer months.

The PTA provided the funds to purchase a collection of books similar to those used in teaching reading at the school.

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The books, arranged by reading level, are housed on a separate rack in the Children's Area at Williamsport Memorial Library. As a result, parents using this collection have an easier time finding the books that their children are able to independently read.

The books have been donated to the library and have become a part of the permanent collection. While the library's summer reading program has long been in place to help maintain children's interest in reading once school is out, the inclusion of a special collection designed to maintain reading practices learned at school is a welcome addition to the library.

This joint effort is part of an on-going partnership between the Washington County Schools and the library

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