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Tonight from 6pm -8pm The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) and Columbus City Schools (CCS) are hosting their final joint Family Literacy Academy. This free program is designed to equip parents and caregivers of CCS elementary school students with tools they need to help their children pass the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA).

More than half of CCS third graders failed the reading portion of last fall’s OAA, and a new state law means those students will be required to repeat third grade if they don’t pass the retests on May 7 or July 8.

CML Chief Customer Experience Officer Alison Circle and CCS Superintendent Dr. Dan Good will offer remarks. Then, CCS Director of Reading & Language Arts Sandee Donald, along with other district officials, will demonstrate activities that empower parents to read with their children at home – with emphases on spelling, vocabulary and comprehension.

The program will also promote the benefits of CML’s services, as well as its upcoming Summer Reading Club. Then, families will visit various learning stations where, for example, CML staff will connect kids with books that are just right for them and lead interactive Storytimes.

Parents and children can also sign up for a library card and check out books.

For more information call 614-849-1045.   The Columbus Metropolitan Library is located at 96 South Grant Avenue in Columbus.  The event will take place on the first floor