Birthday Books Galore!

The Burnaby Rotary Club has been a steady supporter of the Maywood Library. In October, as they have done every year for the past number of years, volunteers presented a cheque in the amount of $2500 to purchase books for every student at Maywood to receive a book in the month of their birthday. These photos are from the November Birthday Book Celebration. Before choosing their books, primary students listen to a volunteer reading a story. Volunteers help students make the tough choices about which book they want, and write the names of the recipients in the books.

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What is a library for?

A library is for reading to yourself or to someone else

Students from Division 17 reading during their book exchange time.






It’s for listening to someone read to you

A Rotary Club volunteer reading to a group of students during the November Birthday Book Celebration.





It’s for reading with someone you love

Preschoolers and their family members from the Strong Start Program, getting practice reading together.









Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world. (Joyce, 2017).

For more ideas on “How to Raise A Reader,” see this review in the Burnaby Now newspaper