Posters to Promote Reading by Example

Posted on 05 February 2009


 

In an effort to promote reading to students at the school, a Bridgehampton librarian has been busy creating posters with images of the faculty taking up the popular pastime. 

At the Bridgehampton School’

s Board of Education meeting last Wednesday, school principal Jack Pryor showed the room a poster of himself reading a book. He explained that these posters now line the walls of the school, showing students the familiar faces of faculty reading books, with the hopes that more students will follow their lead.

“Reading is fundamental, we have been promoting reading from a lot of different areas,”

Pryor said in an interview on Tuesday.

“Now this is someone walking around taking pictures of faculty reading — when the kids see that, they have a connection with the people in the building,”

Pryor noted.

He said that this is a “real simple tool”

to get the kids to continue reading.

David Holmes, the librarian who implemented the idea, said he was inspired by a variety of posters that he saw with celebrities like basketball player Shaquille O’

Neal and film director Spike Lee.

Holmes said he thought, “Why not have real life heroes be the ones to promote reading?”

 

“The kids can’t help but notice the posters,” superintendent Dr. Dianne Youngblood said on Tuesday. “They look at the posters and the books the faculty is reading and say ‘Hey I’ve read that book.”

 

She added that it is at least “creating more conversation about reading.”

 

Holmes said it is easy to preach about reading, but the kids need to see that the people they know personally are actually doing it.

He said that his hope is to get a photo of each faculty member reading a book. Holmes also noted that board member Elizabeth Kotz came to see him, and thought it was a great idea.

 “You have to walk the walk right?”

Holmes said rhetorically.  

 

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