Reading Fair Information and Guidelines
The library will host its annual Reading Fair before the Christmas holidays. The Reading Fair is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Curriculum and Instruction.
2018-2019 Reading Fair Schedule
REMINDER: First graders, please bring a card table for your project.
Tues., November 13
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Set Up Projects in BES Conference Room (PreK and K) Wed., November 14
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Set Up Projects in BES Conference Room (PreK and K) 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Closed for Judging (PreK and K) 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Open for Class and Public Viewing (PreK and K) 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pick Up Projects* (PreK and K) 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Set Up Projects in OES Gymnasium (1st) Thurs., November 15 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Set Up Projects in OES Gymnasium (1st) 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Closed for Judging (1st) 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Open for Class and Public Viewing (1st) 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pick Up Projects* (1st)
*After projects are picked up on the last day of the Reading Fair, parents may take them to the Oxford Lafayette County Public Library for display.
History and Purpose
The Mississippi Reading Fair originated at the Mississippi Department of Education in 1998. The purpose of the competition was to provide students in grades K-12 the opportunity to share their favorite fictional book through a project/storyboard display. With the implementation of the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards (MS CCRS) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, a new emphasis has been placed on student mastery of the skills and concepts necessary to read complex texts at each grade level, write texts using evidence, and participate in collegial discussions about texts. MS CCRS also places value on reading both literary and informational texts. In support of the MS CCRS, the goal of the Mississippi Reading Fair is to enhance and encourage reading at all grade levels and to allow students to collaborate with their peers. As a result of participating in this process, students will experience a deeper enjoyment from reading and develop a lifelong love of reading.
There are three levels of competition: school, district, and regional. Only first place winners in each division proceed to the next round of competition. Over 1,400 students compete regionally each year. This is significant because these students represent the several thousands of students who compete at both the school and district levels. The Mississippi Department of Education strives to motivate all students to read as they soar towards excellence.
These guidelines have been established to create a uniform procedure and provide resources for school, district, and regional level reading fairs.