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Farewell Kyle Edwards and the Class of 2016

posted May 26, 2016, 12:16 PM by Julie Alonso
Congratulations on the graduation of the Class of 2016, the very first group of Kindergartners that I taught at Town! From their introduction to the library with our Fall Kindergarten Bedtime Stories event, to the end of the year track meet that year, this class has long been near and dear to my heart!


Throughout the years, it has always been a pleasure to spend time with the boys of the Class of 2016, whether on a regular school day, on field trips, or in the library...


...through its various forms.


When the Class of 2016 started at Town School, the library did not even have a YA section. By the end of their Kindergarten year, Ms. Wolfram had set aside a tiny corner of the former library to have YA books available to boys in 6th-8th grades.  Similarly, our comic book section was about a shelf and a half long, cataloged in the Dewey Decimal system as 741.5. Over the years, our comics collection has grown to now include three double-sided book cases in our general collection and five shelves in our YA collection, which now extends across most of the tall bookshelves in the main room of our library.

One member of the Class of 2016 has been instrumental in the growth of our comics section:  Kyle Edwards. Without Kyle's recommendations, our Batman collection would have two titles.  Without his devotion to this section of the library, there would be no DC section, no Marvel section. His passion for comics has lead to the exponential growth of our YA comics collection, which include some of the most checked out titles of the whole library.

Comics are now a major gateway to reading in the Town School Library.  The benefits of reading them are widely known.  We see students who struggle with reading find their comfort zone reading comics.  With the habit of reading firmly ingrained, these readers eventually move beyond comics to deeper texts.  Thank you Kyle Edwards, Class of 2016, for providing recommendations that help engage all kinds of readers!  We don't know what we're going to do without you!


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