MLT schools competing in third-grade reading challenge Thursday

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Sno-Isle Libraries Reading ChallengeTeams from Brier Elementary, Cedar Way Elementary and Terrace Park Elementary Schools will be competing in regional semifinal action of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge on Thursday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. at Alderwood Middle School, 20000-28th Ave. W. in Lynnwood.

Joining Brier, Cedar Way and Terrace Park in the Mountlake Terrace/Alderwood regional will be teams from Beverly and College Place elementaries.

The Reading Challenge, sponsored by Sno-Isle Libraries, is a quiz bowl program that encourages children to enjoy reading while improving their literacy. Students at participating schools have formed teams of five to eight readers who answer questions based on six books selected by Sno-Isle Libraries staff. The top teams from each of the five regional semi-finals advance to the Final Challenge on March 26 at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo.

Other regional semi-finals will be conducted at Oak Harbor High School, Lake Stevens High School, Mariner High School and Arlington High School.

The six books that Reading Challenge questions are based from are:
• Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and other Scary Things, by Lenore Look
• Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective (Volume 1), by Donald Sobol
• The Great Cake Mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith
• The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies
• Little Wolf’s Book of Badness, by Ian Whybrow
• The Magical Ms. Plum, by Bonny Becker

All participants in the challenge will receive small prizes, and the top scoring team at the Final Challenge will receive a trophy to display at their school.

Sno-Isle Libraries staff from community libraries have partnered with their local elementary schools for this project. “The partnership between schools and libraries grows stronger as we, together promote literacy and foster awareness on the value of libraries,” said Jane Lopez-Santillana, children’s librarian at the Oak Harbor Library and Reading Challenge coordinator. “It’s rewarding to see the impact on a child when the community supports the library in making reading a priority. The students take pride in their accomplishments and this program allows them to shine as they display their reading prowess.”

As a special incentive for students, author Bonny Becker is visiting each of the 26 school to talk about her book The Magical Ms. Plum, one of the six books team members have read for the challenge.

The program was begun in 2012 by the Oak Harbor Library and two Oak Harbor elementary schools. The following year it grew to include three Whidbey Island community libraries and all Whidbey Island public elementary schools, with funding by the Friends of the Library groups and local community organizations. This year’s funding was provided by a grant to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, allowing this popular literacy support program to expand to include 15 Sno-Isle community libraries and 26 schools in Snohomish and Island counties.

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