The mission of Malta Township Public Library is to enhance community life and development by informing, educating, entertaining, and providing cultural enrichment to all people of all ages via a community oriented environment and continuous collection of information to address the diverse interests, needs, and experiences of the community.
Educational and engaging, Page Turners is a literacy intervention program designed and implemented by the Malta Township Public Library in the summer of 2014. The program aims to reach beginning, struggling, and reluctant young readers in grades K-5.
Prior to the start of the program, participants are assessed based on knowledge of phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and accuracy while reading. The assessment results are then analyzed and used to group participants with peers of similar age and ability level. Each small group meets for one hour per week at a designated time and completes a variety of reading activities designed to strengthen areas of weakness indicated by assessments. In addition to weekly small group sessions, participants may choose to meet one-on-one with the program coordinator for assistance during a
weekly 45-minute, individualized session at a time of their choice. The program is lead by an elementary school teacher who specializes in the areas of Reading and Language Arts. During the last week of the program, participants will once again be assessed to determine individual growth across the reading areas assessed at the beginning of the summer. These final assessments will then be summarized and analyzed to conclude the overall success of the program.
Though a remedial program, Page Turners has been designed to encourage participants to discover enjoyment in reading while practicing the essential skills needed to become a strong reader. Those benefiting from this program reach far beyond the participating children and their families. This program will have a positive impact on our community by preparing our future leaders to have a better understanding of what they read and communicate. Better readers become better citizens.