With all the schools in Santa Clara county shut down for the remainder of the school year, a lot of parents were left scrambling to manage how their children were going to receive their education.
However, Elizabeth Nolan, a senior librarian at San Jose’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library, was ready with an answer.
She created ‘Spring into Reading,’ an initiative that encourages kids and adults alike to read, log their minutes and potentially win prizes ranging from school supplies to AirPods.
“I had a thought that it’s just going to take some time for schools to do distance learning and get caught up, so parents and families were looking for something to do with their kids,” she said.
According to Nolan, the program already has over 1,500 participants!
The difference with Nolan’s program is that they don’t prescribe what books to read or how to read them.
“I love reading, I love learning. But it had been a struggle in school,” said Nolan, who is dyslexic and had to find different ways to read. “I fell in love with graphic novels, and I fell in love with audiobooks too. It’s just a different way to get a story.”
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