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Reading: A Pathway to Student Success

Study after study bears out the benefits of daily, recreational reading. It is important to make it a part of the normal, daily routine in order to reap the formative benefits.

"Reading is vital to a child's success in life. The benefits of leisure reading are enormous ... It increases our imagination, creativity, empathy and understanding."

-- James Patterson's


The mission of the Cherry Creek Academy Library is to promote academic achievement, boost student proficiency, encourage life-long learning and develop a love of reading by engaging young minds in the use and evaluation of print and online resources. Goals to achieve this end are:

1. To encourage the love of reading through personal example and exposure to entertaining and informative books

2. To provide access to current, relevant and interesting materials

3. To provide instruction in reading comprehension strategies and communicate the importance of this life skill

4. To collaborate with teachers and plan library lessons that will enrich and align with classroom instructional content

5. To support school-wide reading by providing technical support to teachers for the Accelerated Reader program

6. To support and participate in school reading initiatives

7. To assist students with acquisition of information using library print and online resources

8. To be a liaison for integration of library resources into the school curriculum

9. To promote the library and the Accelerated Reader program as a cornerstone of learning within Cherry Creek Academy


Hello, I am Amy Larson the Cherry Creek Academy Librarian. My professional background is comprised of sixteen years in various school and public library settings. My first library experience was with the Laramie County Public Library System in Cheyenne, Wyoming as a circulation assistant. Eventually, I became the head of circulation. After two years, I moved to Austin, Texas and worked as a materials processor for the City of Austin Library. Then, another move brought a new job with the Arapahoe County Library District in Aurora. I was employed seven years working as a circulation assistant, and eventually became a children’s reference librarian. In addition, I served CCA for two years as a library volunteer and then as a library assistant. After that, I became a literacy aid, teaching reading skills to kindergarten and first grade students. Now, I am happy to say, I have the rewarding job of working with CCA’s children as the school librarian.

Teaching Philosophy

As a librarian I am excited to teach children the general love of reading. It is also my desire to teach three life skills:

* How to find and comprehend information.

* How to use information.

* How to communicate information.

These skills are invaluable at any stage of life. Therefore, CCA’s children need to be equipped with them.