Mason City elementary school providing free library for students and parents

Library is part of goal of increasing reading outside the classroom, and encouraging parents to create that type of environment

Posted: Dec 10, 2018 10:39 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Curling up on a cold winter night with a good book; that's what one North Iowa school is encouraging families to do.

Roosevelt Elementary in Mason City launched a free library as part of their 'Roosevelt Reads' program, which is part of a building-wide goal of having all students read more outside of the classroom and for parents to create that type of environment. Parents and students are allowed to come in and pick out books donated by the public. From action to mystery, there is literature for all ages.

Principal Dan Arjes says the idea is to boost students' reading participation skills.

"The more that they read, the better that they're going to be at it. The better they are at reading, the better they're going to do in school at every level. We really want to just have everybody make a commitment to that and 'Roosevelt Reads' says it all, everybody reads."

So far, the response has been very positive, and Arjes says there's plenty of room to add more books to their shelves.

"We could use more chapter books and second grade up, we could use more books in those levels. We'll take anything and everything people are willing to donate. We're very grateful for those donations."

If interested in donating, you are asked to contact the Roosevelt Elementary office at 641-421-4415.

Article Comments

Mason City
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 72°
Albert Lea
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 70°
Austin
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 73°
Charles City
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 70°
Rochester
Broken Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 71°
Tracking an active pattern to end the work week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Storm Team 3: Warm end to June

Image

Sudan crisis being felt in Rochester

Image

Tracking Another Round of Fog This AM

Image

A rally for Sudan will happen in Rochester

Image

MILLIONS of pop tabs!

Image

Chris Nelson's PM Weather Forecast

Image

Stewartville hosts first ever all-comers track meet

Image

Two nursing homes deemed lacking oversight

Image

New amphitheater at Fossil & Prairie Park

Image

Energy progress report

Community Events