Be our guest, be our guest, make reading as your quest. There’s no better feeling in the world than to bring a smile to the face of a child. Be our guest, be our guest, be our guest… reader!
The wonderful lyrics of Mrs. Potts from the movie, “Beauty and the Beast” say it well — “Be our guest.” You can be a guest reader representing the Jefferson Public Library. Children love to have a story read to them. It doesn’t matter how old they are. To hear the words of a story come to life through the animation of a reader is magical.
Since 2001, the Jefferson Public Library has brought books and guest readers to the Jefferson Elementary classrooms Children receive books twice a month for free reading time and listen to a special guest reader from the library or the community read a book chosen especially for their classroom. This cooperative outreach program promotes the importance of reading, introduces the children to a variety of books and encourages children to use their local library.
The program began at the request of Mrs. Skalla, then a kindergarten teacher at the South Grade School. The South Grade teachers walked with their classes to the library once a month to hear a story and have free time in the children’s department of the public library. When the students moved to the Jefferson Elementary building, the public library brought the books and stories to their classrooms.
Last year, the Friends of the Library purchased a book return for teachers and children to return their public library books in at the elementary school library. The Friends also provided sturdy book bags to carry the books to and from the library and the school.
This has been an amazing cooperative program, where everyone benefits. When the program began, one class visited the library. Now, the library visits 22 classrooms twice a month. More than 10,000 public library books are shared with the elementary students each year. With the help of many community volunteers, children can enjoy the magic of reading.
“Not only do we have the opportunity to share the library’s resources with the students and encourage them to read, but we see the children bring their moms, dads, grandparents, brothers, and sisters to the library to check out books after a guest reader has visited their classroom,” says children’s library assistant Carrie Boude.
Jefferson Public Library
200 West Lincoln Way
386-2835 Adult Dept
386-4415 Children’s Dept
Mon. and Wed.: 1 – 8 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.:
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.