June 24, 2014

Library reaffirms its support for third grade reading

COLUMBUS—As Columbus City Schools works to ensure that all third grade students are prepared to pass the July Ohio Achievement Assessment, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) reaffirms its support for students, parents and educators.

“CML is uniquely positioned to work with students during out-of-school time – preschool, after school and summer,” said CEO Patrick Losinski. “The library is a committed partner in supporting central Ohio schools as they give children the tools they need for a successful life.”

Now that the Third Grade Reading Guarantee in Ohio means thousands of central Ohio third graders could repeat third grade if they don’t pass the Ohio Achievement Assessment OAA for reading, summer reading is even more important.

CML continues to offer services throughout the summer to support the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, including:

  • CML’s annual Summer Reading Club is designed to ensure that young readers maintain critical reading skills gained during the school year. The free nine-week program runs through Saturday, Aug. 2.
  • Reading Buddies provides K-3 students with one-on-one reading practice focusing heavily on vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.
  • A “Kids Card” is a special library card available to all elementary school students, giving them the ability to check out three children’s books without incurring fines or requiring a parent’s signature.

About Summer Reading Club

Last year, 82,000 children, teens and adults participated in the program that has seen measurable success. An OSU study found that children who participated in CML’s 2012 Summer Reading Club maintained their reading skills. Plus, Summer Reading Club is fun – with more than 1,000 programs and tons of books – not to mention eBooks – to read while earning great prizes. Readers of all ages can sign up for Summer Reading Club online or at any CML location.

About Reading Buddies

The Reading Buddies program pairs K-3 students with CML staff members, CML VolunTeens and vetted community volunteers for 15 minutes of one-on-one reading practice. The program focuses heavily on vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Additionally, CML’s Third Grade Reading page provides parents with resources – such as practice reading tests, sample questions, favorite books for third graders and more – designed to help them prepare their children for success.

CML’s Reading Buddies program is free and available at Main Library and all 20 branches. Hours vary by location. Interested students and families can stop in to any CML library location and find the Reading Buddies station in the children’s area.

Locations and hours:

  • Driving Park – Monday & Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Dublin – Monday & Thursday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Franklinton – Monday & Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Gahanna – Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 3-4 p.m.
  • Hilliard – Thursday from 2-3 p.m. & Saturday from 10-11 a.m. & 2-3 p.m.
  • Hilltop – Monday & Thursday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Karl Road – Monday from 5-6 p.m. & Friday from 11 a.m.-noon
  • Linden – Monday & Wednesday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Livingston – Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. & Thursday from 2-3 p.m.
  • Main Library – Monday & Wednesday from 1-2 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King – Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • New Albany – Tuesday & Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Northern Lights – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 1-2 p.m.
  • Northside – Friday from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Parsons – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Reynoldsburg – Monday & Wednesday from 5-6 p.m.
  • Shepard – Tuesday & Thursday from 2-3 p.m.
  • South High – Monday & Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. & Thursday from 5-6 p.m.
  • Southeast – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 5-6 p.m.
  • Whetstone – Monday & Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. & Wednesday & Thursday from 11 a.m.-noon
  • Whitehall – Monday from 3:30-5 p.m., Tuesday from 2-4 p.m., Wednesday from 3:30-5 p.m. & Thursday from 2-4 p.m.

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.