School Age Achievement

Children who fall behind in the early years of their school education have a hard time catching up. By third grade, the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” begins: literacy is essential for success in all academic subjects. Some students who struggle with reading give up, in the belief that they will never be able to catch up in school.

In our community, many students are not meeting third-grade reading benchmarks. The library is here to help, with its unique expertise in literacy. Librarians have a passion for engaging children and their families in reading and learning. They understand that children face many obstacles, and they help them succeed at reading by meeting them where they are.

These librarians know that for a child who struggles to read, a single book—one that excites the imagination—can ignite a desire for wanting to learn to read. When children enjoy reading, they are more likely to keep reading, learning, and understanding more. They are more likely to succeed in school and in life.

Gifts to the Duluth Library Foundation support books and programs that inspire children all year long, transforming them into fluent readers.

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