Roanoke City library receives national recognition

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A Roanoke reading program is getting national attention.

The Star City Reads program was awarded the Pacesetter Honors from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

It's Roanoke city library's fourth year for the recognition.

This year, third-grade readings scores increased from 65 percent to 76 percent.

Organizers say the success is only possible by collaborating with other groups in the city.

"It's an affirmation that we're on the right path because we use a lot of data to look at. If we see an under performing school, we actually send extra resources into that. One part of our campaign is to give books to children. We just hit a number of 100,000 books have been distributed in Roanoke," Shelia Umberger, Roanoke City Library said.

Umberger also says the fall program will include a component for parents.

She says parent involvement is important for a child's success with reading.