Monday, October 27, 2008

Schools celebrate School Library Day today

Journal Pioneer, PEI: 2008 October 27

Students across the Island will have many fun opportunities to read today, which has been proclaimed School Library Day by Education and Early Child Development Minister Gerard Greenan.

“Island teachers, teacher-librarians and school library contacts are to be commended for the many innovative ways that they make learning fun and encourage students to read on National School Library Day and throughout the school year,” said Greenan.

One of the day's major events is the Million Minute Challenge which challenges schools to prove that they can read for a total of one million minutes in a day.

The event is sponsored by the P.E.I. Teacher-Librarians’ Association, the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance and the UPEI Faculty of Education.

Last year, Island students tallied 1,334,671 minutes spent reading on School Library Day. They are hoping that number will grow even further this year through the many events that schools have organized to encourage a love of reading.

A wide range of activities are planned such as Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) sessions, celebrity reader visits and library reward programs.