Reading

Local students read their favorite holiday stories as part of the 90.3 KEDM Give the Joy of Learning reading campaign.  1,700 books were distributed to area 1st and 2nd graders in 13 local schools.   

Layla Calhoun - I Love Christmas by Hans Wihelm

Riley Trappey - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Santa's Big Day! from Bendon Publishing

Cruse Flowers - Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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Louisiana is set to receive 55-million dollars in federal grant money to improve the reading and writing skills of struggling students. State department of education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says the state will receive 18.5 million dollars each year for the next three years and they already know how the money will be allocated

State Superintendent John White says only 36-percent of Louisiana children are able to read and write on grade level by fourth grade. Dunn says this grant will accelerate the learning of all students reading below grade level

Start a New Chapter with READ. LEARN. SUCCEED.

Sep 27, 2017
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United Way is excited to enter into its sixth year of the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program. Launched in 2012, the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program has broadened into 13 schools reaching more than 900 students. 

READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. is a program designed to help get second and third grade students reading at or above their grade level. Over the course of a school year READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. puts anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 books into the hands of students. 

Books and Bargains at the Monroe Symphony Book Sale

Jun 1, 2017
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The Monroe Symphony League is holding its book fair Saturday, June 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 4th,  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and again the following weekend June 9th and 10th.

Ouachita Parish Libraries Jump Into Summer

May 18, 2017
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Saturday May 20th, the Ouachita Parish Public Libraries are kicking off their summer reading challenge at Summerfest. Summerfest will take place at the Main Branch library on 18th Street from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Monroe Symphony League Provides Spring Reading

Mar 2, 2017
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The Monroe Symphony League is hosting their Spring Book Sale this Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th, and again the following weekend.  The Book Sale will take place in two buildings located at 320 North 4th Street. 

  The Spring Book Sale will have books of all categories from cookbooks to fantasy to nonfiction and are priced at about a tenth of the retail price with some books for only a dime. Along with books, there will also be magazines, sheet music, and CDs.

Pumpkin Bash Rings in Fall

Oct 24, 2016
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Ouachita Parish Public Libraries are excited to celebrate the Pumpkin Bash Saturday October 22nd. The event will kick of at 10 A.M. at the Main Branch Library on North 18th Street.

This community event is filled with activities from a caricature artist to appearances from Princess Anna of Frozen and Spiderman. There will also be a fire truck, a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, cotton candy, and Nova Clark will be there with critters from Black Bayou.

United Way of NELA Recruits Volunteers for Reading Program

Sep 13, 2016
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Read. Learn. Succeed. from the United Way of Northeast Louisiana is a community outreach in which  volunteers from the community donate thirty minutes a week to read to second and third graders in local school systems.

Now in its third year, the reading campaign has expanded to four school districts.  

"Research shows us a student who does not know how to read by the third grade is four times more likely to fail to graduate. We're confident this program offers a great return on our investment," says Michelle Saucer, program director. 

OPPL Highlights Library Card Month

Aug 31, 2015
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Many children discover reading and responsibility by holding a library card.  September is recognized as National Library Card Month.  

The Ouachita Parish Public Library has created a campaign to encourage area students to sign up for a library card.  OPPL's Youth Services Coordinator Lakeisha Bosworth says information sessions are planned for a number of schools.

"The Peanuts character, Snoopy, is the honorary chair for the campaign.  With the new Peanuts movie coming out in November, we're celebrating the sign up month ahead of its release," she said.

Library Set To Launch 'SummerFest'

May 12, 2015
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The Ouachita Parish Public Library kicks off summer reading programs this Saturday during "SummerFest".

"We've brought back a single event to make everyone aware of the summer reading programs for kids and adults," says Lakeisha Bosworth, youth services coordinator for the library system.  The book selected for River Reads, an adult reading program, will be announced.  The summer reading challenge for kids is also highlighted during SummerFest.