What HAPPY Reading Has for Me

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One of the best ways to get kids reading is to make it social. Where is there a better place for reading socially than at the library? Children and families who are already strong readers and learners are likely to be the ones who already frequent the library. What about those who can get there but who haven’t found a reason to choose to get there?

Clubs can be the answer. A poetry club or a reader’s theater club can be the ideal way to come together for reading. With appropriate material, such as the leveled poems and scripts on the HAPPY Reading site, even the newest readers can participate. One site license covers a library or community organization’s usage for up to 40 participants in a club for one year. And as the popularity grows, it’s not much more to add to the coverage.

Imagine a community night when young performers come together and read aloud from poems and short scripts they’ve rehearsed many times. Children who may not have considered themselves readers before can acquire a magnificent sense of accomplishment reading successfully before family, friends and community.

Reader’s theater and poetry clubs can be the perfect extension activity for after-school groups and gatherings, such as those already meeting for homework help. Groups can be differentiated by age or grade, with each performing material suited for their development and interests. Existing scripts, such as those on our site, can be a valuable reinforcement for schools… underscoring the content objectives learners already have in the classroom. They can be used for practice, for performance or both… and can be a fun way of working on reading skill while getting to spend time with friends.

Most of the first materials on the site are short scripts tied closely to content standards. New material is introduced every month, and eventually, scripts will include variations on fairy tales, classic stories and much more. Here is a hands-on, engaging way to broaden learners’ literacy skills (a goal of most libraries) AND their literary repertoire at once.

Help them to read more fluently. Remind them again and again that reading is enjoyable. Allow them to practice reading at levels of success and then to shine as stars before an audience. What could be better for children of any age or for adults who are polishing their reading skills?

Collaborate with community groups or with schools as a partnered project, but bring them into the library. Read, repeat, reap the benefits of a simple but superb way to reach out to the community and fulfill the library’s mission.

As a registered member, you get:


Instructional Materials Library
This includes instantly available downloads of thousands of pages of leveled poems and reader’s theater scripts. Material is written with content standards in mind AND to support literacy growth across the life span for learners in a variety of settings and circumstances. New materials are introduced each month, and as our collection grows, so will the length and complexity of the scripts and poems we provide. Some will celebrate fairy tales. Others will reflect the inspiration of great literary works. All will connect with academic content so learners are progressing in multiple areas at once. Only members have access to the full instructional materials library via the LOGIN button. Or you may register to become a member here:

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As a member, you receive weekly delivery of Reading Raves and Reminders in your e-mail to help keep teaching and literacy practices sharp and learners’ skills sharper.

Coming in early fall, this one of a kind resource will help you to connect real, high-quality children’s literature with thematic needs in the classroom, in the counseling office, in the library or in the community center. If you are looking for children’s literature that aligns with specific needs for your learner(s) or patrons, the BookMine will help you find it. Though there are many search engines to find just-right books, there is no other that does quite what the BookMine will do… nor in quite the same, user-friendly way.

Join at today’s low price and make your HAPPY Reading experience even more of a great value for you and those you serve.

Members also get HAPPY Services-- including HAPPY Primary, READ UP, WORD, HAPPY Preschool, HAPPY Transitions and Bibliotherapy-- at special pricing. How may we help you? Write to inquire and discuss specific needs.

A year of registered membership costs just pennies a day per user (up to 40 users). Some people spend more than this amount on tolls at bridges with and without trolls. You can purchase up to three years of membership at the low, introductory price. And referring friends and colleagues can lead to even greater benefits for you and for them.

Special introductory price: $39.99. Libraries may not share their login password or downloaded materials with all patrons. Each license fee covers up to 40 individuals… perfect for each poetry and reader’s theater club sponsored by the library.

To register: We would be honored to have you as a member.