CedarBridge Launches New Library Collection

June 29, 2015

CedarBridge Academy has significantly increased its reading programme with a new Accelerated Reader [AR] Library that adds thousands of new volumes of titles available to students.

The AR programme is the centerpiece of CedarBridge’s intensive literacy curriculum aimed at raising the reading skills of students to grade level or better. The new AR Library is part of a national Campaign, called Read-Write-Bermuda, that promotes reading, writing and literature on the Island.

“Students read, write and learn differently due to a host of factors, including the resources that are available to them,” said Minister of Community, Culture and Sports, Pat Gordon-Pamplin, “The new Accelerated Reading Library at CedarBridge Academy vastly improves the resources and materials that are available to reading students.”

Kalmar Richards, Principal of CedarBridge Academy, added, “It is critically important that all our students attain the literacy skills that will enable them to be successful now and in the future.”

“The transformation of our Accelerated Reader Library significantly improves our ability to make that happen for every CedarBridge student.”

The creation of an AR Library increases CedarBridge Academy’s AR book collection from 128 to more than 2,000 books. The new collection, which currently serves the Senior One students, will eventually serve all reading levels up to AR Grade 14.

It includes more than 1800 E-books. This major expansion of AR material ensures that students have access to ample, appropriate reading material to challenge themselves and help them reach their reading goals.

As part of the expansion process, CedarBridge Librarian, Candace Seymour, surveyed students and faculty to identify other non-fiction and reference books to encourage pleasure reading and support the student’s scholastic efforts inside and outside of the classroom. These titles are included in the Library’s collection.

The new AR Library and additional titles were donated by the Buechner Society of Bermuda, named after renowned author and theologian, Frederick Buechner, as a way to give back to Bermuda, his beloved childhood home. The initiative is a part of a national campaign called Read-Write-Bermuda, supported by the Buechner Society.

The Campaign has established the Read-Write-Bermuda Campaign Fund at the Bermuda Community Foundation to raise funds in support of Bermuda’s readers, writers, and libraries. To donate, visit readwritebermuda.bm/support.

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