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June 11, 2019

We're Honoring Mid-Columbia Libraries

Mid-Columbia Libraries is Kennewick School District’s 2019 Community Leadership Award honoree for the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators, or SEWASA.

The award recognizes the library system for all it does to help Kennewick students and educators. The organization is an active partner in learning.

It’s sent volunteers into our schools to read and work with students, and it’s welcomed our students into its branches for visits and as library volunteers.

The library’s Summer Reading Challenge helps keep our students engaged and learning when they’re away from school on summer break – a big help in curtailing the “summer slide.” Last year, more than 3,700 kids from Kennewick took part in the challenge.

Mid-Columbia Libraries also is a big part of our annual Sembrando Esperanza event, which provides a wealth of information and resources to our Spanish-speaking parents on a variety of important topics, from ensuring their students are prepared for college to healthy eating and managing stress.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The library helps us in many other ways, too.

Take this example from Carrie DeForest, a principal at Mid-Columbia Partnership:

One year, an MCP teacher didn’t have many books in her classroom library, so she called Mid-Columbia Libraries for help. Library staffers delivered books to the teacher each month, all year long. The library even picked up old books as the new ones were delivered.

"What a great service this was for our teacher and students, to make sure there were books in her library for the kids to read," DeForest said.

Amistad Elementary School students visting the Keewaydin branch library. Photo: Mid-Columbia Libraries

Cascade Elementary School reading night. Photo: Mid-Columbia Libraries
Park Middle School students visiting the Keewaydin branch library. Photo: Mid-Columbia Libraries