Supporting Reading@Jefferson City Libraries


Supporting Reading@Jefferson City Libraries will be officially launched on Sept. 11. The program was developed by Angela Bayne, children’s department manager at Missouri River Regional Library, and Sharla Buthod, library coordinator for the Jefferson City Public Schools.

The pair has worked closely together for several years in order to build a partnership between the public library and the public schools. Together they applied and were awarded a Library Services and Technology grant from the Missouri State Library.

“We have been discussing a large scale project and asking for input from both of our staffs,” said Bayne. “We decided this project was the logical next step in our collaborative efforts.”


By sharing similar themes and programming, they hope to encourage all students both in and out of school to become readers.

The activities to promote reading will include library literacy nights for each school, author visits and a shared Jefferson City Book Week.

“We also want to create opportunities for students to be exposed to the Missouri River Regional Library,” Buthod said. “Many of the students have not had the opportunity to visit the library and many older students have forgotten the resources available at our public library.”

Staff from MRRL will visit each school – elementary, middle school and high school – during the school year and provide a program specially designed by the MRRL staff and the school’s librarian.

The culmination of that visit will be a special night at the Missouri River Regional Library for each school, when students and parents will be able visit the library for special programs designed especially for them.

Author visits are another aspect of this unique program.

The first is scheduled to take place on Oct. 1, and will feature award-winning teen fiction writer Jay Asher. He is the author of Thirteen Reasons Why and co-author of The Future of Us.

Rick Buyea, author of the Mark Twain nominee Because of Mr. Terupt, will be held on May 8, 2013.

Supporting Reading@Jefferson City Libraries activities will take place September through May. Both the library and the school district hope the program will be successful enough to make it a permanent part of the curriculum. Keep an eye on this space for announcements about upcoming events!


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