Farmingdale School District Launches Dalers Read!
The Farmingdale School District has launched a new initiative called Dalers Read! It’s designed to provide middle school and high school students with a collection of curated book titles, peer and faculty reviews, and resources to motivate summer reading. The website address is: dalersread.farmingdaleschools.org
It highlights top summer reads—broken down by grade level —along with a rotating selection of student and faculty reviews. There is also a page dedicated to Farmingdale’s favorite authors, including several who have visited the district to meet with students. Parents are also encouraged to use the website as a resource for tips on how to keep their children mentally engaged over the summer.
The Dalers Read! initiative includes a collaboration between the Farmingdale School District and the Farmingdale Public Library, created to help students and their families understand and navigate all the free resources and fun events that the public library provides. The district participated in the library’s Summer Reading Club Carnival on Thursday, June 27, 2019. It included games, crafts, giveaways, character meet and greets, face painting, food trucks, and music—all geared around the love of reading!
Dalers Read! was created by a team of Farmingdale School District’s administrators, librarians, and teachers, including: Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Organizational Development Dr. William Brennan; Director of Secondary ELA and ENL (K-12) Dr. Josh Anisansel; and library specialists Jennifer Bleicher, Michael King, Julie Ehrenpreis, and Matisse Muscatello.
Dalers Read! includes several parallel projects, such as the 6th Grade Read-a-Thon, Genre Con, Project Literature, and Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School’s Summer Literacy Pilot. The collaboration with the public library includes facilitating public library cards for students, scheduling a robust calendar of book discussions, and integrating the public library resources with the Classlink System to provide ebooks and audiobooks for students at school district libraries.