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New Hanover County Schools Open School Libraries for
Summer Library Program to Help Achievement Gap

New Hanover County Schools is operating a summer library program at its Title I elementary and middle schools throughout the summer months. The main goal of the summer library program is to increase students’ access to books and opportunities to read for leisure. The summer library program has been implemented to help reduce the achievement gap in reading, which typically widens during summer vacation. Research shows that children who read books during the summer improve their reading fluency, reading comprehension, and vocabulary, all of which help keep students on track for graduation. The district is able to offer the summer reading program through funds allotted by the federal Title I program for the 2011-12 school year.

Libraries at participating Title I schools will be open for six hours during the afternoon/early evening, one day per week, to give parents the opportunity to bring their child to the school to check out books. Each school has been provided flexibility in deciding which day of the week to be open. The summer reading program will conclude on Friday, August 17th. The schools’ library schedules are as follows:

Mondays, 12 noon – 6:00 p.m.

  • Rachel Freeman School of Engineering
    2601 Princess Place Drive

  • Myrtle Grove Middle School
    901 Piner Road

Tuesdays, 12 noon-6:00 p.m.

  • Alderman Elementary School
    2025 Independence Blvd.

  • Castle Hayne Elementary School
    3925 Roger Haynes Drive

  • College Park Elementary School
    5001 Oriole Drive

  • Forest Hills Global Elementary School
    602 Colonial Drive

  • Gregory School of Science, Math & Technology
    1106 Ann Street

  • Holly Shelter Middle school
    3921 Roger Haynes Drive

  • Murray Middle School
    655 Halyburton Memorial Pkwy

  • Sunset Park Elementary School
    613 Alabama Avenue

Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Pine Valley Elementary School
    440 John S. Mosby Drive

Wednesdays, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

  • Blair Elementary School
    6510 Market Street

  • Snipes Academy of Arts & Design
    2150 Chestnut Street

  • Trask Middle School
    2900 North College Road

  • Mary C. Williams Elementary School
    801 Silver Lake Road

  • Williston Middle School
    401 South 10th Street

  • Winter Park Elementary School
    204 South MacMillan Avenue

  • Wrightsboro Elementary School
    2716 Castle Hayne Road

Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

  • Bellamy Elementary School
    70 Sanders Road

Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Bradley Creek Elementary School
    6211 Greenville Loop Road

Thursdays, 12 noon – 6:00 p.m.

  • Murrayville Elementary School
    225 Mabee Way
    *For the week of July 15th, Murrayville will be open on Wednesday, July 18th, from 12 noon – 6:00 p.m., instead of the regularly scheduled Thursday.

For more information about NHCS’ summer reading program, contact NHCS Title I Director Emma Jackson at (910) 254-4111.



Posted: 6/21/12