Photo caption: Pictured at the Williamsburg Regional Library book fair held at Warhill High School are (left to right): Ed Van Dyke (WJCC Summer School Principal at Warhill High School); Dr. John A. Moorman (Director, Williamsburg Regional Library); Dr. Kimberly W. Nunnally (K-12 Coordinator for Reading/Language Arts, WJCC Public Schools); Ray Wolf (President, Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library); along with students from Berkeley Middle School showing off their new books.
August 12, 2011
Approximately 550 Williamsburg-James City County School students recently received 1,100 new books through a program funded by Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library.
Students in the summer school programs at J.B. Blayton and Matoaka Elementary Schools and middle school students attending summer school at Warhill High School each selected two books as part of the Williamsburg Regional Library-sponsored book fairs. The goal of the book giveaway was to get books into the hands of children who struggle with reading and who may not be able to visit library buildings over the summer.
The book fair format made it fun for the students. “Thanks for the two books,” one student said. “It made summer school worth it.”
Teachers also appreciated the opportunity the book fair gave their students. “My first graders were super excited — they brought their books back to the classroom and wanted to read them right away,” said one. “They couldn’t believe that they didn’t have to pay for the books or trade another book. A few kids talked about how their parents will sometimes take them to the public library. I hope that the book fair will encourage that habit.”
The project was coordinated by the library’s Outreach Services and Youth Services divisions and organized with the help of WJCC Public School teachers and administrators, library staff and volunteers.