Encouraging Students to Read and Explore the World at their Local Library
Our Community-Based Instruction Program started the new year with 24 students from Anacostia, Banneker, Cardozo, and Wilson High Schools taking trips to a local library. During each library trip students were shown the various sections of books, where they could obtain help, and what libraries offer beyond reading, like the 3D printers at MLK Jr. Memorial Library. Student Perez P. stated: “I had fun and learned about different types of books, like sports and romance.”
Students also had the opportunity to use the online card catalog, learning how to research a topic, confirm a book was in the library they were at, and then find the book on the shelf. Herbert A. excitedly showed his teacher a book about soccer, saying: “Look, here is my favorite player.” He was also able to check out the book after obtaining a library card. This process was completed by most students and many were looking forward to returning on their own.
A special thanks to the librarians for supporting the students in their endeavor to improve their research skills and take a step closer to independence.