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Reading Through the Roof
Take one teacher. Add a library. Watch reading and writing explode.

What difference can one teacher make? Back in September, I wrote about the connection between reading--pleasure reading, especially--and college success. From October through December of this year, English teacher Nicole Herche partnered with the library on a reading project in her classes, and reading at Gibbons has never been better. Book checkouts have at minimum quadrupled over any previous year, in some cases septupled.

And in OverDrive the difference is even more pronounced: an OverDrive representative even contacted the library to see what was going on, having noticed this dramatic data: January through October, 2016, 255 ebooks were borrowed from the OverDrive collection, with 227 of those occuring in the month of October. That's almost ninety percent of the use in one month!

In addition to all this terrific reading, her students also kept reading journals and wrote reviews of the books they read. These reviews now appear in the library's book catalog, where they will be available to students and teachers in years to come.

Thank you, Ms. Herche!

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