Library kids join Read for the Record
by Courtney Stevens
Oct 04, 2013 | 1613 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The members of TAG played a reading game to ensure children remembered the different animals and characters in the story.
The members of TAG played a reading game to ensure children remembered the different animals and characters in the story.
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"Who could save the baby calf?" reader Phyllis McCallop of the Cleveland Woman's Club asked.

"Otis!" a small voice shouted.

"You think Otis can? Oh, you're a good thinker!" McCallop replied.

Millions of children across the world read "Otis" by Loren Long on Thursday afternoon.

"Otis" is the universal book chosen by Read for the Record, a premiere national campaign by Jumpstart, which is presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation.

The Robinson-Carpenter Memorial Library in Cleveland read Otis at 4 p.m. on Thursday during story hour.

Children entered the room and were greeted by the Teen Advisory Group of the library.

These teens work with Bobbie Matheney, director of youth services, to plan programs for the library.

TAG dressed in farming costumes and helped read the story, as well as display the book illustrations on a large overhead screen for the children to see.

The children were surrounded with farming decorations throughout the room such as a barn, farming pictures, and a large replica of the cover of Otis.

"I loved the participation from employees and patrons who helped design the scenery for the event," said Matheney.

Before the story began, several teens from TAG asked about different words that would be heard while reading the book such as "bale," "parade," and "stall."

During the reading the children were asked questions about the story to ensure reading comprehension.

"I thought it was an awesome program," said Matheney.

Matheney was pleased to see that the children seemed to enjoy the program.

"They paid attention and that's all a part of reading and making sure children comprehend what they are reading and what's being read to them, so that's very important."

The library will continue to work with TAG and children in the community.

During the week of Oct. 13 to Oct. 19 the library will celebrate teen read week with games and activities.