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Skate & Read: Helping to create
well-read student athletes

A partnership between the Nevins Memorial
Library, Methuen Fun...
Program Basics
• Methuen Fun Hockey League playing ice and
floor hockey
• Book list with three different age levels
• Read...
The library’s role
• Creating list with Jay and Ann
Piccolomini, Title I Supervisor Methuen Public
Schools
• Hold and circ...
Library events
• Kickoff party
• Pizza party

Coach Jay and some Skate & Read players

Children’s Librarian Amy helps a ch...
Statistics
• Skate & Read 2013: 39
kids in the program, ages 3
1/2 to 14, read a total of
107 age-appropriate books
over t...
At the rink . . .
At the library . . .

Display of “Red Level” or 13 and up books
in YA section
Cake from Cynthia Lord’s author visit
in Mar...
Future and current sessions
• Tenney Grammar School Play & Read Floor
Hockey session 2013
– 5th grade students at one midd...
Summer Reading Boston Bruins Rookie Day Visit
Expansion and Contact
• A model for communities
• Easy to replicate for low cost
• Great way to build partnerships with sp...
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Skate & Read Massachusetts Library System Annual Meeting 2013

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A powerpoint presented at the Massachusetts Library System annual meeting on November 4, 2013. This program discusses the Skate & Read program created by Jay Atkinson and supported by the Nevins Memorial Library, the Methuen Recreation Department, the Methuen Public Schools, and the Methuen Fun Hockey League.

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Skate & Read Massachusetts Library System Annual Meeting 2013

  1. 1. Skate & Read: Helping to create well-read student athletes A partnership between the Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen Fun Hockey League, the Methuen Recreation Department, the Methuen Public Schools, and local author and coach, Jay Atkinson
  2. 2. Program Basics • Methuen Fun Hockey League playing ice and floor hockey • Book list with three different age levels • Read three books and get a prize! • Encourages healthful living and exercise • Reading as an integral part of health, athletics, and academics
  3. 3. The library’s role • Creating list with Jay and Ann Piccolomini, Title I Supervisor Methuen Public Schools • Hold and circulate books • Host events • Promotion • Community outreach – Tenney Play & Read 2013 and Skate & Read prize party
  4. 4. Library events • Kickoff party • Pizza party Coach Jay and some Skate & Read players Children’s Librarian Amy helps a child pick out a book
  5. 5. Statistics • Skate & Read 2013: 39 kids in the program, ages 3 1/2 to 14, read a total of 107 age-appropriate books over the course of our eight-week season • Lawrence Floor Hockey League 2013: 1-8 read a total of 162 age-appropriate books in just four weeks Checking out books at the Tenney for Play & Read
  6. 6. At the rink . . .
  7. 7. At the library . . . Display of “Red Level” or 13 and up books in YA section Cake from Cynthia Lord’s author visit in March of 2013; Rules is on the Skate & Read booklist
  8. 8. Future and current sessions • Tenney Grammar School Play & Read Floor Hockey session 2013 – 5th grade students at one middle school (class total around 100; 35 students allowed in program) – Middle section or “yellow level” list • Lawrence Floor Hockey 2013 • Skate & Read 2014
  9. 9. Summer Reading Boston Bruins Rookie Day Visit
  10. 10. Expansion and Contact • A model for communities • Easy to replicate for low cost • Great way to build partnerships with sports leagues • To learn about creating a Skate & Read or Play & Read event in your community, please contact Anna Tschetter or Jay Atkinson

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