Middle Schools in the Cascade, Ephrata, Pateros and Wenatchee School Districts were recipients of a special collection of large print books to help improve student literacy.

The Washington State Library partnered with Thorndike Press to select books like Front Desk, The Stars Beneath our Feet, and Dragon Pearl for the schools.

State Librarian Cindy Aden says, "We know that middle school can be a time when students’ reading habits may slow down and providing large print materials is one more way for school libraries to make sure their collections are accessible to all readers."

By using a 16-point font on thinner, higher quality paper and laying out the text to maximize the use of white space, large print books reduce eyestrain and increase readability.

The schools that received the material are:

Icicle River Middle School

Ephrata Middle School

Pateros School

Pioneer Middle School

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