March 27, 2016
Dean Middle School seventh-grade student Rene Contreras browses an Avengers book during the Ninth Annual Red Carpet Event, held March 3 in the library.
March 24, 2016—Dean Middle School Librarian Sandra Pallantecelebrated the school’s readers and reading at the Ninth Annual Red Carpet Event, held March 3 in the library.
Dean Middle School’s library featured a makeshift red carpet for the Ninth Annual Red Carpet Event, organized by Librarian Sandra Pallante to reinforce the value of reading.
The library was decorated with a “red carpet,” confetti and a Hollywood background. The event had all of the components of an Oscar awards program—including nominations, a “Best Library Patron” award, featured readers and plenty of “swag” to go around.
Students were nominated to participate by their teacher as exceptional readers, or they participate in book clubs and read a large number of books outside of class time.
The Dean library was decked out for the occasion at the Ninth Annual Red Carpet Event on March 3.
“Waiting to see if you receive an invite has students on the edge of their seats,” said Dr. Heather Bergman, Dean principal.
At the awards ceremony, winning nominations were revealed for Favorite Book, Favorite Author and Favorite Book That Was Made Into a Movie, to name a few. Each student took home a new book and a prize from the prize table, while many students chose additional books.
Students enjoyed refreshments including pizza, desserts and punch at the ceremony as they dined in the library.
Pallante routinely hosts events to celebrate reading, including a tea party in January complete with china tea cups and etiquette guidelines. Students flock to the library before school, after school and during lunches.
Pallante makes the library inviting to all students and works to connect students with books that will interest and challenge them.
“I love seeing students excited about authors and reading and the connections this fosters between students,” she said. “I have the best job ever. This is what I was meant to do.”