Lee's Summit R-7 School District

LS R-7 librarians offering books, sharing reading recommendations at Farmers Market

School staff members take books and their expertise to the community

Located among the vendors offering fresh produce, flowers and baked goods at Lee’s Summit Farmers Market on Wednesdays is a unique booth designed to encourage students to read during the summer months.  Through the summer reading program, school librarians and the books are available from 7 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, June 6 through July 25 at Farmers Market.

Sarah Eckert and Annie Nierman, Lee’s Summit R-7 library media specialists, spent the morning of June 6 at the summer reading booth, offering books to local students and also providing reading recommendations.

Books available at the Farmers Market are part of a free lending library with students able to take a book, bring it back or pass it along to other readers. All the books in the lending library are either donated or used books.

“We are here to help them find a good reading match,” said Mrs. Eckert, “and are happy to have this opportunity to be part of the community.”

Without learning opportunities, students’ reading skills can drop significantly during the summer months.

“By getting books in kids’ hands, we can help them stay at their current reading level or hopefully gain skills during the summer,” Mrs. Nierman added.

At the Farmers Market on June 6, Mrs. Eckert and Mrs. Nierman spent the morning chatting with students and their families. After discussing a child’s favorite books, they were able to make specific recommendations for the children based grade levels and preferences.

Sophia Jones, who recently completed seventh grade at Bernard Campbell Middle School, said she was at Farmers Market to visit her “awesome librarian” — Mrs. Eckert.

Mrs. Eckert works at Campbell Middle School, and Mrs. Nierman is at Sunset Valley and Woodland Elementary Schools. They are among several R-7 librarians working at the Farmers Market this summer.

Sophia, who is a big fan of the “Star Wars” books, added, “It is really nice that they are here because you can come out and get organic food and still get books.”

In addition to the Farmers Market, the Lee’s Summit R-7 libraries invite students to access free ebooks and audiobooks online at this Lee’s Summit R-7 webpage.  

In featured photo above, students Aryn Shockley (left) and Sophia Jones talk to Annie Nierman at Farmers Market.



In photo above, Sarah Eckert (left) and Annie Nierman (right) discuss books with Sophia Jones.



In photo above, Sarah Eckert and student Allizayah Shockley talk about books.