A Bookworm's Journey: Reading to Learn
April 06, 2014
Why is the Mid-Continent Public Library so special to this bookworm? I mentioned earlier that we share the same initials. They are M.C.P.L., too! My first name is Millicent. My parents love to read books and chose names with links to literature. (They were inspired by a book written by Alice Bach called Millicent the Magnificent.)
I love the MCPL system because it plays an important part in my education. Did you know that a bookworm refers to someone who loves to read? I just checked out B is for Bookworm at the Oak Grove Branch. Being a real bookworm may lead to you think that I was a natural born reader, but I wasn’t.
I struggled with reading for a long time. I must admit that I didn’t really enjoy it very much in the beginning. My parents, teachers, and MCPL librarians patiently encouraged me to keep trying. With practice, I got better and better! I am just starting to read chapter books now. Hooray!! I am making that important transition from “learning-to-read” to “reading-to-learn!”
Here are five things I do on a regular basis to help me become a stronger reader:
1. My teacher encourages me to read every day for 15 minutes. Sometimes I even read to my pet Sherman. He likes it when I read to him. He doesn’t jump in and correct me if I make a mistake. It is nice to have someone who just listens. Here I am reading Sherman a book recommended by Terry Norris (a MCPL Buckner Librarian) called The Grannyman. It was written by Judith Byron Schachner. Sherman loved it
I also enjoy reading in cozy spots at different MCPL locations. Here I am at the Blue Springs South Branch.
2. I play a lot of phonics games to become a better reader. Learning phonic rules helps me to sound out unfamiliar words. I loved playing Reader Rabbit at the Buckner Branch. I also met Squeaker, the official Buckner storytime mouse. Squeaker loves books about mice!
Booker read a book to me about snakes. He lives at the MCPL Liberty Branch. Hmmm....Note to self: DO NOT invite Squeaker and Booker to the same book club event. That might not be a good idea!
3. To improve my reading skills, I practice with the same book a few times. My teacher says that I am like that “Little Engine that Could.” I just keep trying and trying. I don’t give up. Sometimes, I listen to an audio version of the book and follow along with the printed words. Then, I read it on my own. Learning to read like a “storyteller” takes practice. Here I am reading at another MCPL branch…can you guess where I am?
4. I enjoy watching the animated books on Scholastic Storybook Treasure DVDs. I like to choose the “read-along” setting on the menu so I can see the words on the screen as the story is read. One of my favorites is Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. MCPL carries a fantastic selection of these DVDs. Check one out today!
5. An adult reads to me every day for at least 20 minutes. I follow along with the print as they read the words. Sometimes, we take turns reading. That keeps the momentum going and gives me a little break. Reading can be hard work, and it still takes a lot of concentration. I am slowly working my way up to reading longer passages out loud. Going to storytime and literature programs at MCPL also gets me excited about reading. The librarians’ enthusiasm about books rubs off on me. They show me how much fun I can have with a good book! Here I am at the Woodneath Library Center enjoying the Buried Treasure! Pirates' Tales program. Can you find me in the picture?
Ahrrrggg! Blackbeard the Pirate was being silly! That's just SNOT funny! Now I need to take a bath. Ew!