Time for “No Girls Allowed” in Wyoming Library

In an effort to increase reading among third to sixth grade boys, the Natrona County Public Library is planning a new “No Girls Allowed” program encouraging boys to read and male mentors to help.
The program will be launched Aug. 2 and the library will be open special hours just for boys.

Boys reading advocate Michael Sullivan of Portsmouth, N.H., who visited the Natrona County library in March, said father-son teams are exactly what need to happen to improve literacy rates in young men. By the third grade, most boys are one and a half grade levels behind girls, making reading in school more of a chore than an enjoyable experience.

While the developmental gap has closed by 14 and a half years old, boys have already lost some of the vital reading skills imperative to academic success, Sullivan said. More from the Casper Star Tribune.