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The hypothesis of this study was that the use of the public library has a positive effect on students' reading achievement. Thirty-three fourth grade students in the below and above average reading classes and their parents were asked several questions about their public library use. The participants were asked about how frequently they went to the library, what types of books they read, whether they participated in the library programs, and whether they visited the library when they were younger. The survey results suggested that there was not enough information to fully satisfy the hypothesis. However, there were several important percentages that could be looked at: (1) above average students frequented the library more than below average students; (2) parents of the above average students took their children to the library at an earlier age than the below average students; and (3) those students in the below average class did not participate in the library programs as often as the above average students. (Contains 16 references; appendixes contain 2 survey instruments.) (Author/RS)

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Library Role, Parent Attitudes, Public Libraries, Reading Achievement, Reading Research, Student Attitudes

Autor: Barrett, Karin


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