Programs Aim to Promote Reading Throughout the District

November 8, 2016 – The Library Media Services Department of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) recently implemented several different programs to promote reading amongst students.  Many schools participated with creative crafts, contests and new resources, all with the goal to generate excitement about reading and literature.

The Hort Elementary Library celebrated “Talk Like a Pirate Day” by reading Pirate-themed books and having a school wide Pirate poster contest.  The Harding Elementary Library held a contest with the tagline “Are You the Next R.L. Stine?”  The students were encouraged to submit their best “scary story” while trying to write like the famed author.

At Harris, students had literature themed dress-up days, lunchtime activities and contests.  The teachers encouraged each student to set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reading goals.  During recess and lunch time, the students participated in several contests, including design a bookmark; create a comic strip display; library decoration hearts, amongst others.

Curran Middle School students enjoyed the newest addition to their library, an iPad Genius Bar.  Students can use apps or take AR quizzes using one of the five stations located at the circulation desk.

Many of the library staff district-wide read to their visiting classes, modeling fluency, introducing vocabulary and creating an exciting reading environment to promote a love for reading.

The goal of the program is that with each student that participates, they will have a renewed joy of books and reading.

Students showing their awards for a writing contest.

Students showing their awards for a writing contest.

iPad "Genius Bar" at Curran Middle School.

iPad “Genius Bar” at Curran Middle School.

Students used their creativity to make bookmarks for a school contest.

Examples from the “Design a Bookmark” contest.

Library Decoration Hearts.

Library Decoration Hearts.


Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.