ERIC Number: EJ1097952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Reading Is a BLAST! Inside an Innovative Literacy Collaboration between Public Schools and the Public Library
Genest, Maria T.
Reading Horizons, v53 n1 Article 11 p73-87 Spr 2014
Public libraries have long supported the literacy goals of public schools in their communities by providing access to printed and electronic resources that enhance learning and teaching. This article describes an ongoing collaboration between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's BLAST outreach program and the Pittsburgh Public Schools that has positively impacted thousands of students by increasing access to library resources while also emphasizing vocabulary, text-based discussion, and writing using both fiction and informational texts. This program can serve as a model for similar community partnerships that have the potential to enrich the literacy lives of students.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Public Libraries, Outreach Programs, Library Materials, Vocabulary, Discussion, Writing (Composition), School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Literacy Education, Grade 3, Learning Activities, Elementary School Students, Summer Programs, At Risk Students, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Surveys
Western Michigan University, College of Education. 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Tel: 269-387-3498; Fax: 269-387-6272; Web site: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania