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New books fill shelves in support of Fort Worth reading initiative

Posted Aug. 21, 2018

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The Superintendent and Mayor smile with a group of kids.
FWISD Superintendent Kent Scribner and Mayor Betsy Price were on hand when new books were donated to De Zavala Elementary School.

As the new school year begins, the Fort Worth Public Library is committed to helping students in Fort Worth increase their love of reading and improve their reading skills by supporting a Read Fort Worth school-based initiative in 11 select branches.

The library supports Read Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Independent School District’s goal of having 100 percent of third-grade students reading on grade level by 2025.

Twenty-one Fort Worth ISD classrooms (pre-K through second-grade) will receive complete classroom libraries funded by Read Fort Worth with 100 books suitable to their grade level. Those books will stay in the classroom, and students who want to continue to read them now have the opportunity to visit the library branch closest to their school and check out the same book to take home.

“We found a way within our current budget to ensure that library branches closest to the schools could mirror the collection in these classroom libraries,” said Library Director Manya Shorr. “That way, children who fall in love with a story can take that story home and continue to read.”

Fort Worth ISD Media Services selected timely and culturally-relevant books specific to the grade level of the classroom library. From that list, the library system needed to add 300 books at each branch. The library used some existing materials and $17,171 to fund finishing the collection of 3,300 books.

Get a complete list of the collection.

The 100x25FWTX Initiative collections are located at these Fort Worth Public Library branches: Central, COOL, Diamond Hill-Jarvis, East Berry, Ella Mae Shamblee, E-Skills, East Regional, Ridglea, Seminary South, Southwest Regional and Wedgwood.

The library is committed to retaining the collection until 2025.

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