The Long Beach Public Library Foundation recently celebrated its annual dictionary give-away to all local third graders with a Dictionary Day ceremony, where students from Barton and Lafayette elementary schools demonstrated their dictionary skills.
Now in its twelfth year, the event ensures that Long Beach children have dictionaries in their homes to help them with spelling, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Special instructional material is given to teachers to help children with dictionary usage.
During this year's ceremony at the Main Library, Barton and Lafayette third graders competed on teams to demonstrate their new skills in a Dictionary Challenge game. Each of the students also received a new backpack with two illustrated books.
"It was wonderful to see the excitement on the children's faces," said Sara Myers, Library Foundation Executive Director. "We are very proud of this program. With the help of the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation, we have placed more than 100,000 dictionaries in the hands of Long Beach youngsters."