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LETTER: Matheson Library teaches love of learning to rising first-grader

First Posted: 2:16 am - August 15th, 2015

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To the editor:

Hello. I’d like to relate to you my experience with the Matheson Library and its wonderful staff this summer.

My family is low-income and lucky enough to live only a block away from the library. My husband and I are big readers and frequently utilize the library’s many resources. We have a 6-year-old daughter, Violet, who is entering the first grade this year.

Since finishing kindergarten, she’s been worrying that she’ll forget all she’s learned the past school year. She has also been troubled by her hardships with learning shapes and word syllables. I told librarians Anna and Beverly in passing about Violet’s frustrations and they took it upon themselves to bring her books to help her with these subjects. Anna also learned that she was interested in superheroes and collected some first-level readers for her to check out.

Besides the librarians taking a personal interest in my daughter’s education and happiness, they encouraged her to use the children’s AWE Early Literacy Station computer, which she did enthusiastically! Violet took to the AWE station like a metaphorical fish to water. She learned so much so quickly that I decided to cancel our subscription to ABCMouse.com, another children’s literacy program on the Internet. Violet found it awkward and babyish compared to your AWE system.

I am happy to report my daughter’s confidence is up and she says that she feels ready for first grade. Her vocabulary and spelling are beyond my expectations for her age. Her math skills have improved also. What I am most impressed with is her sudden interest in and knowledge of history, geography and science — subjects that her primary school has yet to teach her.

My family is grateful for the Matheson Library and its librarians and all the resources it provides for all residents of Cheraw, no matter what their age.

Jennifer J. Hendricks

Cheraw

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