Recently, the Sewickley Public Library donated a new book to every student in sixth through eighth grade at the Ambridge Area Middle School.
EmilyFear, the Teen Librarian at Sewickley Public Library, and her assistant, Bridget Clark, sent a survey to every student in the Reading classes at the Ambridge Area Middle School asking them questions about their likes and dislikes of book genres. The women then sorted through the hundreds of surveys and personally selected a "perfect match" of a novel for each student to keep. The excitement of the students when they received their "blind date" in late February was amazing! Silent reading took on a whole new meaning...many of the students quickly read their novels, then switched with a friend.
This outreach program, made possible by the generosity of Sewickley Public Library patrons, is meant to encourage reading in teenagers in local school districts.