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Gleason Students Enjoy Read-in-the-Dark Week

Posted 11/19/19

GLEASON — During the week of Halloween, Gleason students were thrilled to find the Gleason School Library in the dark!  Eighteen years ago, Mrs. Amy Lawrence, Gleason School Librarian, …

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Gleason Students Enjoy Read-in-the-Dark Week

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GLEASON — During the week of Halloween, Gleason students were thrilled to find the Gleason School Library in the dark!  Eighteen years ago, Mrs. Amy Lawrence, Gleason School Librarian, came up with the idea of “Read-in-the-Dark Week” to excite her students about reading. Over the years, the idea has caught on at other schools around Tennessee. 

To begin, signs are posted around Gleason School at the beginning of October, “warning” students to “Prepare for a Scare: Read-in-Dark Week is Coming Soon to Your Friendly School Library!” Gleason students from grades Pre-K through 12th grade are thrilled to see the signs appear each October and begin to anticipate what has become one of the most exciting weeks in the Library.  Next, the Library is completely covered in Halloween decorations. Ghosts and spider webs appear, while lighted pumpkins on each table greet students with a spooky grin. Finally, and most importantly, the Library lights are turned off—and stay off—for the entire week of Halloween.

As students enter the Library for class, or to visit the Library during Read-in-the-Dark Week, they are each handed a small flashlight.  Every Library activity—turning in books, checking out books, taking A.R. tests, reading—are all done in the dark, with only a flashlight.  Mrs. Amy creates a new spooky story each year to share with her Library students during Read-in-the-Dark Week, and much to their delight, always makes sure to incorporate a well-timed scream to cause the students to jump.  

As students check out books with their flashlights, spooky music is played in the background. Finally, as Library class ends, each class enjoys a Disco Dance party to Halloween songs like the “Monster Mash.”  

Students especially enjoy shining their flashlights around the Library as they dance to the Halloween music.  The mission statement of the Gleason School Library is “to strive to instill a life-long love of reading in every student.”  Although Read-in-the-Dark Week only comes around once a year, it serves to inspire students’ excitement for reading all year long. 

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