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     What is the GRC?

     GRC is a city-wide opt-in program, a collaborative effort of the Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools to promote diverse literature and reading enthusiasm!  Between November 1st and January 29th, participants work individually, with buddies and in teams to read and discuss as many of the seven GRC selections as possible.


    Why participate in GRC?

    The GRC books are engaging, diverse, thought-provoking selections that prove to be popular among the students long after the competition is completed.  These books are deliberately chosen to expose students to diverse viewpoints and genres.  Participation in the GRC not only helps kids build comprehension & retention skills but, as importantly, fosters group activities & teamwork.  It also happens to be fun & promotes Book LOOOOOVE!


    How does GRC work?

    The GRC books will be introduced to students during a special Library session the week of November 2nd.  The books will be available digitally on SPL via Library Link.  Paper copies of the books will also be available by placing holds via the Stevens Library Catalog for pick-up during Stevens Stoop Service (most Tuesdays, 4-5pm, delivery by appointment!). 

    The Seattle Public Library plans are still forming as to what the (virtual) competition will look like this year.  Teams of 5-7 participants are formed at the school level, with the winner of the school competition representing Stevens in a regional semi-final.  Semi-final winners move on to city-wide finals held in March.

    Participation this year at Stevens will include individually reading at least two of the selected books, participating in group on-line activities and open GRC Teams sessions to talk about the books and look at quiz materials. While we certainly talk about the books during our library sessions, participation in the GRC does require an additional time commitment outside of scheduled school activities.


    New This Year . . . ART PIECE!

    SPL is also looking into an ART project option as another means to participate.  After reading one of the GRC books, interested students can create a response piece to share sometime in February.  Responses are wide-open and can include (but certainly are not limited to): a poem, drawing, film, a prepared culinary item – anything that demonstrates comprehension and a connection to the book read.  Students can also work in groups to create a visual represent of one or all of the books.  We’ll talk more about these options later in November.


    How do I sign-up?!

    Can’t wait to participate?!  Sign up here:  GRC permission slip  Permission slips are due January 11th.

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