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Pop-up libraries hoping to battle learning loss and promote literacy

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:13 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - On Thursday at Coloma Elementary School students and staff came together for a day of fun after a wild school year during a pandemic. Students celebrated the last day of school by getting a book to promote reading over the summer.

“This is our first pop up library of the summer through a grant that we’re partnering with United Way, their “Great Start” program, and through funds from Coloma Schools,” Sherry Wheeler says. She is a literacy specialist at Coloma Elementary School.

It’s one of 6 pop-up libraries planned for the summer. The idea behind these events is to encourage students to read over the summer.

“It’s important to learn because if you don’t learn you won’t know anything,” Daniel, a student at Coloma Elementary, says.

“We want them reading all throughout the summer because research shows that when students continue to read throughout the summer we can minimize the learning loss that happens over having almost three months off,” John Klein says. He is the Principal at Coloma Elementary School.

Reading can minimize learning loss from the pandemic, as well as learning loss over the summer. Today’s pop-up library was a way to have some fun getting back to normal.

“We haven’t had like community type events like this, being able to do it outside though and take advantage of the weather. This is kind of a flavor of how it should be and we’re excited that we’re hoping to see more of that back to normal, hopefully in the fall,” Klein says.

Staff say they’ll also do home visits to deliver books to around 60 students. It’s all to keep students on the right track after a strange school year and fight learning loss.

“This is why I do what I do. This is what I’m here for, for me to see them excited to read, to see them excited about books, to be looking through and picking and choosing, it’s everything,” Wheeler says.

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