A need to read

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November 15, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The libraries at Iola’s elementary schools probably don’t sound like the libraries from generations past. You won’t find a stern librarian admonishing children with a hushed “Shhhh!” or students afraid to speak above a whisper.

Instead, there’s endless chatter with students talking about their favorite characters or comparing books. Adult volunteers and college students read aloud with dramatic flair. Students wander past the shelves and ask for recommendations.

Every morning, between 7:40 and 8:30 a.m. and again most afternoons, the Library Media Centers at McKinley and Jefferson schools become the hot spot for students in kindergarten to second grade. That’s where students know they can go to listen to an adult read a book, or enjoy one on their own.

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