Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library

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Improving Reading Scores That Are Declining for Students Nationwide

     According to the results of a national assessment administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, America's fourth and eighth graders are losing ground in their ability to read literature.  These scores make up what is called the "nation's report card." The average eighth grade reading score declined in more than half of the states compared to 2017.  The average fourth grade reading scores declined in 17 states.  Only 35 percent of fourth graders were proficient in reading in 2019, down from 37 percent in 2017; 34 percent of eighth graders were proficient in reading, down from 36 percent.  Overall student progress in reading has stalled in the last decade, with the highest performers stagnating and the lowest achieving students falling further behind.  Average reading scores for fourth graders in Texas had no significant change since 2017, while average reading scores for eighth graders in Texas decreased since 2017.

     One of the most important things that parents can do to help their children improve their reading skills is to encourage them to read, read, read!  They should strive for at least 30 minutes of self-sustained reading time daily.  Due to the busy schedule of families today, there may not be enough time to make it to the library during business hours.  The Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library has just what families need to help supply their children with reading materials; digital eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive.  The library may be closed, but their digital collection is always open!  Parents can filter what titles their children read.  Some of the titles offer the option to change to dyslexic font, to increase the readability of the text for readers with dyslexia.

     For more information about how you can get started today helping your children improve their reading skills with digital books, contact the library at 526-2608.

A Child Who Reads Will Be An Adult Who Thinks


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Browse the library's collection of fiction and non-fiction books, audio books and movies.  Search by title, author, keyword, series or subject.


Learning Express

LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages.  It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED test prep, and more.

Borrow eBooks & Audiobooks
The Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library offers free eBooks and audiobooks through the South Texas Library Consortium. 

To get started, contact the library to get your log in credentials.

For a smooth eBook experience, download the Libby app on your phone or tablet.  You can find it Apple App Store or Google Play. 

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