Reading Revolution hopes to inspire love of reading among children

11:00 am | November 7, 2013
Photo by Danny DavisLibrary

Photo by Danny Davis
Grace Jackson, left, and Jordyn LeVeau, right, read with Sara Elliott. Jackson and LeVeau are part of the Youth Leadership team working with the Reading Revolution program at the library.

You might have heard of the Reading Rainbow.

And the Reading Railroad is familiar to Monopoly fans.

But what about a Reading Revolution?

That’s what’s under way at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library, as area high school students share their love of the written word and try to spark that love in a younger generation with a program they call the Reading Revolution.

Students in the Carter County Youth Leadership Program gather at the library on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to help students in kindergarten through sixth grade with their homework, finding Accelerated Reading books or to help them practice their reading skills.

“We want there to be a reading revolution, for kids to love reading,” said Elizabethton High School student and group leader Grace Jackson. “We hope to give kids the love of reading that they might not have. We want to make reading fun for them.”

The students met at the library for the second week this past Monday to offer assistance to any young readers who asked for help. The Reading Revolution students can be found in the children’s reading area, and Jackson said they will be recognizable.

They’ll be wearing blue shirts with name tags and the Reading Revolution symbol: a Superman-like diamond with RR in the center.

Children’s Librarian Ashlee Williams said the Youth Leadership students were already having a positive impact, helping with the large number of younger children looking for appropriate Accelerated Reading books.

“It has been wonderful having the Reading Revolution group,” Williams said. “Children do come in looking for Accelerated Reading books. They usually bring up stacks of books to the desk and we check them for them, to see if they are Accelerated Reading books. But having someone here in this area to help them out is great. They can check the books and find out if it is on the right level for what the readers need.”

Williams said the homework help was also beneficial to the younger children at the library.

EHS student Jordyn LeVeau said she enjoys having the opportunity to help the younger students with their homework.

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