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    The Global Reading Challenge 2021

    The GRC is a citywide program that is a collaborative effort between The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools.   

    Every year, 4th and 5th graders from Seattle Public Schools participate in this fun team reading challenge presented by The Seattle Public Library and sponsored by Ballard Rotary. In a typical year, students get put on mixed grade level and gender teams, read all 10 books, and then participate in a trivia-style competition against other LH teams.  This year’s program will look a lot different. It is being developed as we go along but at its core this program:

    • Promotes a love of reading
    • Introduces kids to diverse viewpoints
    • Helps kids retain more of what they read
    • Fosters group activities and teamwork

    How will it work?

    Between November 1st and January 29th, students will work independently or with buddies of their choosing to read as many of the 7 books as possible. Book titles will be announced on November 2nd on your student’s Library Schoology course.  Books will be introduced to students on Wednesday 11/4 during Library PCP.

    The books will be available digitally on SPL via Library Link (All SPS students have an account).

    Limited paper copies of the books will be available through Destiny Holds and Curbside Pick-Up. 

    As of right now we won’t have any set Teams meetings, but I do plan on holding some open GRC Teams sessions to talk with kids about the books and look at quiz materials. 

    At the end of January, SPL will help us host a virtual trivia-style competition.  As of now the plan is that students who have read the books will be placed on teams to compete virtually.

    SPL is also looking into an ART project option to combat screen fatigue and give students another way to participate.  This could look like: 

    • A student reads a book and creates something in response to it and shares it in February.
    • A student could create a poem, a drawing, a film, or cook a dish – anything they can take a picture of and that indicates that they have read the book and though about it
    • Students could work together to create something visual to represent one or all of the books and share it to SPL’s Instagram.

    Want to participate?  Sign up here:  Permission Slip  Permission slips are due November 6th!

    I can't wait to share the books with you here...on November 1st!

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    You can find more information about the program here:

    https://www.spl.org/programs-and-services/learning/global-reading-challenge