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Starkville elementary school using virtual library to keep students' minds sharp during summer

Two librarians at Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville are doing everything they can to prevent the "summer slide."

Posted: May 21, 2021 2:13 PM
Updated: May 21, 2021 6:57 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Many educators fear their students’ reading levels will drop during the summer months.

Two librarians at Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville are doing everything they can to prevent that.

Sudduth Elementary School librarian Leslie Hunt and her students on May 21, 2021.

Virtual library at Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville on May 21, 2021.

Virtual library at Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville on May 21, 2021.

“If you have access to cellphone, a tablet, you know, an at-home computer, you have access to a ton of books,” library assistant Miranda Townsend said.

When the pandemic hit, she and her fellow librarian, Leslie Hunt, found themselves alone with their books.

“As we traveled from room to room, we were trying to figure out a way to really keep that excitement and love of reading alive and bring our library to them,” she added.

They stumbled on the idea to create a virtual library, giving kids the chance to read books online from the comfort of their own homes.

The virtual library provides read-aloud books, at-home activities in connection with books, and a daily battle between two stories that students can vote on which they liked best.

“I hope that what we’re doing here with the virtual learning library is helping to instill that love of learning forever.”

Townsend said out of everything that’s happened this year, this is a silver lining because even with school out for summer a week from Friday, the virtual library will continue through the summer and years to come.

Open this link to access the library.

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