Mission Statement

Excite children (K-5) about the wonders of reading.  Showcase the unlimited entertainment and resource materials students can discover at the Library. Celebrate creativity and individuality in self selected reading. Promote an active reading environment at school and at home.


Summary

The Bear Show: Reading Adventures is a live interactive stage show that energizes children’s interest in literacy. The show is performed by the Reading Bear who leads the children on an adventurous storytelling. By using props, sound effects and costumes the audience becomes part of the story. The show concludes with a hilarious game show about books and two original songs promoting active reading.


Objective

Use folk literature, multi-media and audience participation to create, construct and connect with children’s imagination. Highlighting active self-selective reading.


Illiteracy Problem in the United States

Illiteracy in the United States is an epidemic in the millions. The amount of studies to confirm this are numerous and honestly hard to face. The U.S. Department of Education conducted a National Adult Literacy Survey in 2009. Their results found 23% of American adults are unable to read.


In 2006, it was reported that among U.S. third graders, more than 40% could not read independently. 40% of fourth-grade students failed to attain the basic level of reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Seventy percent did not attain the proficient level.


Studies show that if a student cannot read proficiently by the third grade, their potential to learn is severely diminished throughout the rest of their academic careers.


Many educators blame the high U.S. high school drop-out rate of 29% (in Japan the rate is 5% in Russia it is 2%) to a lack of reading skills in students' early years. They also find significance in the fact that 86% of juvenile offenders in the criminal justice system have reading problems.


A survey by the Jenkins Group, an independent publishing services firm, has shown that millions of Americans never read another book after leaving school.


  1. 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.

  2. 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.

•  80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.

•  70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.