Monday, April 28 through Friday, May 2 is McNick’s annual Reading Week. This year’s theme is “Life is an Open Book,” with the focus centered on giving students multiple opportunities to take time out of their day to relax and enjoy a good book. Students are encouraged to keep one of their favorite novels handy with them all week, both to read and to use for the week’s activities.
The inspiration for this year’s theme came from a timeline Librarian Anne Jones found that told the story of someone’s life through books. English teacher and Reading Week coordinator Katie Caster is really excited about the theme because it’s a great way to remind students of how books have had a positive influence on their lives.
“Anyone, even students who don’t necessarily like to read, can remember a book their parents read to them, or that has affected their life,” Caster said. “It’s almost the end of the year, so it’s a great time for students to take some time to relax and enjoy reading.”
The English Department has organized many reading activities that students will be participating in throughout the week. There are infographics in the library with anonymous teachers’ favorite books, and students and faculty are to guess which teacher’s picks are represented on the posters for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
English classes will be set aside time to “Drop Everything and Read,” and students will be able to spend that class time reading as they please, either from a class novel or a book for enjoyment. Also in the library, the stage has been transformed into a book worm’s haven, complete with bean bag chairs and pillows for quiet time to curl up with book.
Other events being sponsored by reading week include a Jeans Day on Monday, April 28. Students will have the opportunity to read to elementary students at Guardian Angels and to the preschoolers at Mount Washington Presbyterian Preschool.
To wrap up the week, there will be an Open Mic afternoon on Friday during both lunches in the Courtyard, where students are invited to perform original poems, original songs, or covers. Students who are interested in participating need to sign up with in their English class by Thursday morning.