Bookmobile Visits JWPMS

Posted on April 27, 2017, in Academics, Events

James W. Parker Middle School students were invited to tour the Erie County Bookmobile yesterday.

Students  in the mother/daughter book club, the boys book club and reading success received an opportunity to tour the Bookmobile and listen to a guest speaker from the Erie County Public Library.  Jan Woods of the Hurry Hill Farm Association attended the event with Virginia Sorensen’s Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and “Curious Missie”. Sorensen lived in Edinboro from 1952 – 1958 while her husband taught at Edinboro College.

The stop is in conjunction with the Literary Landmark Celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library. The Edinboro Branch Library and the Erie County Bookmobile will be dedicated with Literary Landmark plaques honoring children’s author Virginia Sorensen, as well as her Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and the region’s maple syrup industry. Sorensen’s book “Curious Missie,” which drew inspiration from the author’s visits to the county’s Bookmobile, is also being honored.

The plaques will be unveiled during a dedication celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library, 413 W. Plum St. in Edinboro, on Monday, May 1, during Children’s Book Week. The public is invited to attend the dedication, which will begin at 11 a.m. The free event, which will include music and a sing-along with Lori Burke, as well as refreshments, will also feature an exhibit on Sorensen’s work.

The Literary Landmarks Association, founded in 1986, has dedicated such literary sites as the homes of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner. There are only five dedicated Literary Landmark sites in Pennsylvania, all located in Philadelphia.

The Mother/Daughter Book Club and Boys Book Club run throughout the year.  Parents and students meet once every month to discuss the book they’ve read.

Reading Success is an exploratory class designed to support students and teach strategies for approaching reading in both their classes and everyday life. It was created to provide students with both individualized and differentiated instruction, offering support with phonics, fluency and comprehension for higher level of understanding.