Tuscaloosa Reads brings the library home

By WVUA23 Student Reporter Chaney Scott

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” That’s a famous quote by author George R.R. Martin. Authors like Martin and many others were celebrated at a recent event known as “Tuscaloosa Reads.”

The program puts books in the hands of elementary school age children. Through book giveaways and read-a-louds this initiative bridges the digital divide between the bookshelf and the home learner. During Tuscaloosa Reads, school librarians will curate, create, and cultivate reading resources to keep students of all ages engaged!

Tuscaloosa Reads Day was also a time to celebrate librarians. Nine Tuscaloosa City School libraries achieved “exemplary” status from the state based on the age and number of books in their collection. The schools are:

  • Central Elementary
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary
  • Rock Quarry Elementary
  • Skyland Elementary
  • Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools
  • University Place Elementary
  • Verner Elementary
  • Woodland Forrest Elementary.

Tuscaloosa Reads partnered with community organizations who have helped improve literacy including:

  • Reading Allies
  • United Way
  • Tuscaloosa Public Libraries
  • myON
  • Sora
  • The House Tuscaloosa
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