North Tama County Community School District was the recent recipient of a generous donation of books from an Oklahoma woman.
The donation, which includes books of all genres and reading levels, was a substantial one-it took several library carts to house them all. North Tama's Brenda Jensen was shocked to learn that the school was chosen to receive such a gift, and the quality of material the school would be getting.
These aren't just run-of-the-mill paperback books-all of the books donated were nominated for the 2009 Newbery Award.
Holly Rigel and Jacob Lawton, seventh graders and two of the most enthusiastic and accomplished readers at North Tama, pose here with a full cart of the Newbery Award-nominated books that were recently donated to the school.
The Newbery Award is presented to the best children's literature in the county by a distinguished panel of librarians and educators every year.
Sarah French, Director of Disability Services at Oklahoma City Community College, has Iowa ties and truly appreciates the power a good book can have in impacting the life of a child, and saw the need to provide books to a school like North Tama where reading is such a fundamental part of the educational philiosophy.
Jensen sees first hand every day why North Tama has blossomed under the new approach with an emphasis on reading.
"I have noticed a lot of eager readers, and North Tama is a perfect place for this donation," Jensen said. "There are books for every age range included from every genre, and I think it will really help boost the K-12 reading possibilities."
Jensen, along with Janene Krug, have been working hard to get all the new books ready for students, and have had a little help from the student body as well. Tyler Ebaugh, senior at North Tama, did much of the cataloging of the new books and helped enter them into the system.
This new addition is yet another way North Tama is staying ahead of the curve when it comes to placing reading first in a quality education.