WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The results are in for the Libraries = Success program at Memorial Middle School.
The program, sponsored by the NJ State Library, is a joint collaboration with the Alfred Baumann Public Library. The initiative is geared toward encouraging middle schoolers to sign up for a library card. The goal was to have every student signed up for a card.
The program specifically targets grades 6 to 8 as they embark on officially becoming independent learners, and also when student leisure reading starts to drop off.
The Library issued 78 new library cards to students in grades 6 through 8 - the target group. Overall statistics in Memorial Middle School at the conclusion of the program: grade 6 students topped the chart with 97% of the class having library cards. The grade 5 students were close behind with 94%; grade 7 and 8 tied at 78% and LLD students were at 65%.
In addition, as of Oct. 31, 90% of children over 3 years old in Woodland Park have a library card. This number is a true testament to the successful partnership that the Library has with the school district.
The first 200 students that brought in their library card to show their teacher received a sling pack or ear buds. The homeroom in each grade level that reached 100% first received an ice cream party.