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Library Assemblies held at elementary schools

544 elementary students enroll for library cards

June 5, 2014

 EPIC Program Coordinator Jane Sorensen cannot emphasize enough to elementary students the importance of reading books. To that end, she organized library assemblies at all three elementary schools in an attempt to build awareness, encourage students to sign up for library cards, and educate families about all the local libraries have to offer. As a result of the assemblies, 544 students have enrolled for library cards thus far.

Joanna Goldfarb, E.B. Crawford librarian of Monticello and Vera Ioannou, Mamakating library clerk from Wurtsboro, visited the elementary schools this spring. The librarians spoke to the K-5 students about the many resources the library has to offer and Ms. Goldfarb presented a power point presentation highlighting books the students will find in the library. The message of the day was, "Get your library card today!"

The library card enrollment initiative began back in November 2013. This was a school-joint effort from the elementary school librarians, Joy Tunno from Rutherford, Julia Serrano from Cooke and Laurie Walker from Chase. The librarians first formulated a tally list of how many elementary students had library cards, and found that there was a need for an awareness campaign so that more students would enroll.

“The ultimate goal is to make sure every elementary student has a library card," said Ms. Sorensen. "But it doesn’t stop there. Our community librarians will be offering library card enrollment to every incoming Kindergartener during Open House this upcoming school year. We want to make sure all Monticello students have access to the libraries and their creative programs throughout the year, especially in the summer when students are not in school," said Ms. Sorensen.

Photos right: Ms. Joanna Goldfarb from the E.B. Crawford Library in Monticello shares information about the local libraries with Cooke School students.

Photo above: E.B. Crawford librarian Joanna Goldfarb and Cooke third grader Catherine Videla are all smiles during the assembly.