Fairmount Elementary Takes a Trip to the Library

Posted on 01/22/2020
Youth Services Supervisor Johnathan Shoff takes families on a tour of the library


Fairmount Elementary students learned about three important things when they visited the Spencer Road Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library: the building elevator, Mr. Johnathan, and a never-ending supply of books. As part of a new partnership between the library and Fairmount, the kindergarten and first grade Falcons, as well as their families, were invited to participate in a community reading night full of activities, learning, and more.

Mr. Shoff reads a book to the studentsThe event was the first of a series of reading events that Fairmount will be hosting at the library. “We’re really just trying to build that love and excitement for the library,” said Principal Dr. Cheri Oliver. “We learn so much in our classrooms and through our curriculum about building a readers’ life. This was just a natural extension of that and an opportunity to mix it into the community.”

The library’s Youth Services Supervisor, Johnathan Shoff, started out the evening with a book reading followed by a tour of the library. Walking through each section, Shoff provided students with concrete examples of how they could utilize the library’s resources.

Students learned where to find audio books for their next family road trip, as well as the nonfiction section, which may be helpful for a research projects as they get older. They even noticed where they can pick up Frozen 2 for their next family movie night.

Emma, a student at Fairmount, was excited to discover where the animal books were located so she could check out some more chapter books, while another student, Ryan, had his eyes on the fantasy section. 

Fairmount families work on a craft togetherBrianna Griffin, a parent and a first grade teacher at Fairmount, attended the event with her two children. “I think this event was a great way to get kids into the public library,” shared Griffin. “A library this size can be intimidating to families, so the tour was a nice opportunity for them to familiarize themselves with the building.”

In addition to the tour, students had the chance to sign up for their own library card, as well as participate in activities and crafts with their families. “It’s so meaningful to me as a school principal to know that our families are supporting literacy at home and outside of school,” said Oliver.

With over 100 people in attendance, the first community reading night was a great success. Fairmount is already looking forward to their upcoming reading nights. The second and third grade event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and will focus on the book series, Dog Man. In addition, the fourth and fifth graders will take a trip to Hogwarts on March 31 for Harry Potter night. With some exciting events in the works and a chance to meet Mr. Shoff, students may find one more thing at the public library: a love of reading!

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