• Stay Sharp this Summer!

    Posted by Jessica Moore on 6/17/2019

    Students have worked so diligently to improve their reading skills this year, and we want them to stay sharp over the summer, too! According to the American Library Association, children who take part in summer reading programs through their public library are more likely to score higher on fall reading achievement tests. Luckily, the Ainsworth Public Library has summer reading programs that are fun, free, and accepting registration now through June 29! Visit their website for more information about prizes and dates. 

    Additionally, check out the Association for Library Service to Children's summer reading lists for great suggestions for children from birth to 8th grade. Their lists can be found here and additional booklists are available at www.ala.org/alsc/booklists. Have a wonderful summer and happy reading! 

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  • Can reading build empathy?

    Posted by Jessica Moore on 5/17/2019

    While scrolling through my news feed recently, I came across some published research about the practice of reading literary fiction and its impact on empathy and social cognition. As a former English major with a focus on the 19th century British novel, I clicked the link immediately!

    As one of the researchers explains, when we read challenging fiction, "we’re forced to fill in the gaps to understand [characters'] intentions and motivations." This, in their study, led to more success in readers' ability to empathize and predict others' responses to social behavior.

    Here's a link to one summary of this research through Scientific American if you're interested in reading it for yourself! https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/novel-finding-reading-literary-fiction-improves-empathy/?redirect=1

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  • Typing Club at Home

    Posted by Jessica Moore on 5/3/2019

    Students in grades 1-2 are members of Typing Club, a word-processing software program that lets students practice the building blocks of typing. We use this at school, but did you know that students can also practice at home? Visit www.williamstownelem.typingclub.com to log in; students have individual login credentials they can use to sign in. 


    If you don't have reliable Internet access at home, you can also do Typing Club at the public library: there's free Wifi available there! 

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  • Why isn't my 10-year-old reading like he used to?

    Posted by Jessica Moore on 4/1/2019

    Good afternoon, families! I came across this article, entitled Why Kids Stop Reading for Fun by Age 9 (and What to Do About It), and felt it was worth sharing. Check it out here.  

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  • Ainsworth Public Library Survey

    Posted by Jessica Moore on 2/14/2019

    As a school librarian, I count myself awfully lucky to have such an amazing public library that I get to collaborate with. It's a welcoming space with so many more offerings than I can provide at WES, like their StoryHour for young families, summer (and winter!) reading programs, and monthly events for people of all ages. 

    The public library is looking for feedback from the community about its services and role in Williamstown. Please consider voicing your thoughts at this link, and thanks in advance for your input. 

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