Library offers First Club to encourage reading

Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Two weeks ago, I wrote about learning to read and ideas parents and families can do at home to help children develop into good readers. Recently I became aware of a program currently in operation at the Huber Heights Library. This program is aimed at first graders and is called the “First Club”. The “First Club” is an initiative to ensure that all first graders have a Dayton Metro Library Card.

To introduce the “First Club”, the children’s librarian from the Huber Heights library, visited many of our first grade classrooms and read the book, “Felix and Fiona: The Awesome, Amazing, Wonderful First Trip to the Library” to students. She also talked about the many resources for children available at the Huber Heights Library and provided students with applications for library cards and the “First Club”. There was also an opportunity for students to ask questions about the library.

First grade is an important year for students. There is a focus on learning to read and on reading comprehension. The “First Club” recognizes the importance of learning to read by providing our first grade students with an opportunity to get their own library card and become part of a special club just for them. The library is a great way to provide students with access to a variety of books and other resources including DVDs. The library also has many free programs for children and adults.

Teaching young children to read is an enormous responsibility and I appreciate all the Huber Heights Library staff does to encourage and help our children become good readers. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at

Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at