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Hi Amy -
Well, if you have a true Sustained Silent Reading period during the day,  the 
must read as part of that process.  I have seven SSR periods each week  (so 
each period of the day gets a chance once per week for SSR), which
means I am modeling the concept of sitting quietly and reading without  
for that many periods each week.  It's been worth it to see how  seriously the
students have come to take these periods, and those who really need  quiet
time appreciate it (and depend on me to protect those periods).  
Of course, there is a trade-off.  I don't take any prep periods,  I'm
open during lunch, and open after school until 4:00, 4:30, or 5:00  depending 
outside obligations.  So I guess the reading time is made up.   Sad, though, 
some librarians have to feel funny or guilty about being seen modeling  good 
behavior in the library.  That's too bad.  I invite faculty and  
administration to come for the reading periods to help support the concept,  and a 
have (but most hit the road
the minute the bell rings, so they don't have time during the day to take  a
quiet period!).   I haven't had anyone criticize or question  those
fact, the superintendent has been quite protective of them himself.  
Permanence,  perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, 
discouragements, and  impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes 
the strong soul  from the weak. Thomas Carlyle

Steve Patnode, MLS
Grades 7-12  SLMS
Chazy Central Rural School
Chazy, NY  12921

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