Support Student Success
The first of our three strategic priorities for 2018-2020 is to support student success.
Support early learning/kindergarten readiness
Our "Grow a Reader" program will encompass all FVRL early literacy activities, emphasizing the role of parents and caregivers and teachers. Our goals are to:
- Place high quality picture books in multiple languages in waiting rooms throughout our service areas to stimulate reading opportunities for families (our "Grow a Reader" bins).
- Model early literacy skills for parents and caregivers in age-appropriate storytimes. Library staff receives training in VIEWS2 and Supercharged Storytime curriculum developed by the iSchool at the University of Washington.
- Create engaging early learning spaces in our libraries.
- Partner with community agencies and businesses to reach communities most in need of early literacy support with our "Grow a Reader: Learn Together" early literacy development curriculum.
- Provide information for parents and caregivers on our Grow a Reader page.
ConnectFVRL for school-age students
Our ConnectFVRL initiative supports K-12 students by partnering with area school districts to give students access to our online research databases with their student ID number.
In 2017, we conducted a pilot project with two area school districts to provide their students easier access to the information resources the library has available online, including downloadable ebooks, homework help, career guidance tools, college preparation, language learning, and more. Following the successful pilot we are continuing to expand the project to more schools throughout our district.
ConnectFVRL program goals:
- Expand access to high-quality research and media resources for students in every grade.
- Work with teachers, school librarians, and students to make the most of these valuable resources.
- Reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars schools need to spend on resources the library already provides.
- Provide access to the program through our website, on the ConnectFVRL page and the ConnectFVRL Information page.
Engaging lifelong learners
FVRL continues to develop and offer programming and resources for learners of all ages. Our goal is to:
- Connect lifelong learners with local experts within their communities.
- Provide resources at branches and online to fill learning gaps for adults in the community, allowing them to develop skills, explore interests, and build knowledge.