Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New dictionaries in Bellview library

A view along the spines of three dictionaries, The Best Dictionary for Students, each bearing a spine label stating "REF 423 DIC." A library barcode is visible on the back cover of the left-hand book. The books' spines also bear the name and logo of Dictionary Project, Inc.
Barcoded, spine-labeled, ready for use: Bellview Elementary School has new student-friendly dictionaries, courtesy of Rotary Club of Ashland and the Dictionary Project.

The Best Dictionary for Students, according to the Dictionary Project, features more than 32,000 words with “simple, child-friendly definitions, plus pronunciation and part of speech.”

It also includes “information about punctuation, the nine parts of speech, weights and measures, five long words, Roman numerals, and a map of the United States.”

Shortly after I put the books out today, one was in the hands of a student. That’s what I love to see, anytime I add or recommend a book for a library collection.

The purpose of this awesome project, which is supported by local sponsors, is to give a personal dictionary to every third-grade student in the United States.

Having copies available for use in the Bellview library will really reinforce the Dictionary Project’s goal as stated on its website: “to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners.”

And there’s more where that came from; I have a box of dictionaries and am hoping to soon make them available to other Ashland elementary school libraries.

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