Local librarian encourages students to dive into books

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. – Michelle Scott, librarian at South Gibson Middle School, spoke to us about the importance of Literacy Month.

For the month of March, Scott hopes to inspire her children to pick up a book.

“I gave the kids trivia questions about different books and whoever guesses first gets a prize,” Scott said.

Scott stated that they participated in Read Across America where the students dressed up as their favorite book character.

She says the children really enjoy the 20-book challenge.

There the students read at least twenty books throughout the year and when they finish that book, at the end of the year, we will have a big party,” said Scott.

She says she can see the big impact reading has had on high school students.

“Sometimes I can tell from the books that they’re seeing them doing well and growing, but I would say the teachers are seeing the growth,” Scott said.

But it’s not always easy.

“It’s just a constant thing. You just have a hard time finding something to do to get their attention. You have to make it fun for them and then maybe they get a little excited about it,” Scott said.

“You’re going to have to be able to read and write for the rest of your life, and if you want to be successful, you’re going to have to be able to read,” says Scott.

She stated that this does not just start with teachers and librarians, but that parents must also be active in their child’s learning at home.

“Reading at home with your child, model reading with your child. Those are some things you can do,” Scott said.

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