Dayton Metro Library is a committed partner in helping children prepare for kindergarten, pass the third grade reading assessment, and graduate from high school.
"One in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade fail to graduate from high school on time, four times the rate for children with proficient third-grade reading skills.”*
Research shows that from birth through third grade, children focus on learning to read. Then the focus of education changes, and from fourth grade onward, children read to learn. This shift means that reading proficiency by the end of third grade is vital. In fact, studies have shown that third grade reading proficiency is the single greatest indicator in determining high school graduation success. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee is an Ohio Department of Education effort to keep students on track.
In 2015, DML launched First Club, a campaign to ensure that first graders receive library cards. A key element of First Club is The Awesome, Amazing, Wonderful Book of First Grade Firsts, a picture book introducing the original characters of Felix and Fiona as first graders, gaining responsibilities and independence, and getting their first library cards. As part of First Club, Children’s Librarians share the book and activities in first grade classrooms across Montgomery County. To date, nearly 11,300 first graders have received their own library cards through First Club.
Felix and Fiona appear in a follow up book called The Awesome, Amazing, Wonderful First Trip to the Library, so that all those new, young library cardholders know what to expect – and the wonders they can find – at their Library.
Now Felix and Fiona are aged up to third grade. By depicting familiar characters in different stages of development, DML builds a foundation for lifelong reading and learning.
*The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2012). Double Jeopardy; How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation. Baltimore, MD: the Annie E. Casey Foundation. https://www.aecf.org/resources/double-jeopardy/
Thanks to the DML team of librarians and staff who shared
their time and talents to bring this project to life:
Christian Brewington | Jennifer Buckner | Julie Buchanan | Mandie Burns | Megan Cooper
LaSasha Dixon | John Elkins | Diane Farrell | Isaac Fry | Dani Gustavich
Becky Kearney | Amanda Kerstiens | Jayne Klose | Linda Lewis | Jamie McQuinn
Gwen Owen | Melissa Rhoades | Chrissy Sanders | Melissa Sokol | Donald Stewart