April 7, 2014

Library and Columbus City Schools host free Family Literacy Academies in final push before OAAs

Programs designed to prepare families for reading success

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) and Columbus City Schools (CCS) are deepening their educational partnership with the announcement of four Family Literacy Academies to take place at CML locations throughout the next month. These free programs are designed to equip parents and caregivers of CCS third graders with the tools they need to help their children pass the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA).

More than half of CCS third graders failed the reading portion of last fall’s OAA, and a new state law threatens to hold those students back next year if they don’t pass the retests on May 7 or July 8.

At each event, CCS Reading Director Sandee Donald, along with other district officials, will demonstrate activities that empower parents to read with their children at home – with emphases on spelling, vocabulary and comprehension.

The Family Literacy Academies will also promote the benefits of CML’s services, as well as its upcoming Summer Reading Club. Later in the program, families will visit various learning stations where, for example, CML staff will connect kids with books that are just right for them and lead interactive Storytimes. These will also provide excellent opportunities for children to sign up for a library card and check out books.

The four programs are listed below. The Academy on May 1 at Main Library will include remarks by CML CEO Patrick Losinski and CCS Superintendent Dr. Dan Good.

Tuesday, April 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Hilltop Branch | 511 S. Hague Ave.

Wednesday, April 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Livingston Branch | 3434 Livingston Ave.

Thursday, April 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Whetstone Branch | 3909 N. High St.

Thursday, May 1 | 6-8 p.m. | Main Library | 96 S. Grant Ave.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.