Your Community Bookstore & Literacy Lab
Park Books & Literacy Lab is open in Severna Park Village — Come see us!
We are open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.
555 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Severna Park, MD 21146
We are your traditional, independent book store with a cool new twist! We have meeting rooms where we offer book clubs, literacy assessments, small group reading instruction, writing workshops and so much more!
Monthly Book Clubs!
Book clubs for kids meet weekly and are facilitated by a certified teacher. Book clubs are a great way to supplement your on-grade level readers and help them to engage in a book independently!
Summer Reading and Writing!
Park Books & Literacy Lab offers Certified Reading Specialist/Special Educators to work with small groups for specialized and individualized instruction. Our focus is on growing readers at all levels and fostering a love of reading.
We offer a range of services to help you achieve the results you are after. Whether your child is struggling in school, is excelling and would benefit from supplementation, is disengaged in reading, has poor decoding skills, or poor comprehension, we offer a large variety of programs to meet your readers’ needs.
Our reading and writing recovery programs are designed to support learners who have been impacted by the loss of in-person learning.
What Does Our Bookstore Offer?
Fiction, Nonfiction, Young Adult, Children’s Literature, Local Authors and many more!
Literacy Experts & Teachers
Providing leveled reading recommendations to our customers’ interests!
Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s Lit, YA and local interests.
Book related gifts, stationary, puzzles, crafts, games, and items by your favorite local artisans.
Community Meeting Place
The store will offer community meeeting rooms for community book clubs, parties and meetings.
What is the literacy lab?
Our Literacy Lab is a bit different than a traditional tutoring center. Our goal is to help readers be the best they can be–how we get there may be different.
We have skilled K-12 reading specialists, special educators and talented teachers who will assess to determine your reader’s strengths and weaknesses and help answer any of your questions. Upon understanding your child’s individualized needs, we use research and evidenced based interventions to grow your reader into an engaged, passionate and wholly literate person. You will not find homework help or general subject tutoring, but what you will find are caring educators committed to creating independent learners who will have greater success in school and increased opportunities in life!
“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.”~Tommie dePaola
Certified Reading Specialists will evaluate your child and provide an informal report or complete comprehensive diagnostic report. Some of the assessments available are Fountas and Pinnell (F & P), QRI, WADE (Orton-Gillingham), GDRT-2, DIBELS and many more!
Reading Specialists and Certified Teachers provide guided reading to small groups (max 5). Groups are leveled by instructional reading level and many students will move at least one guided reading level within 8 weeks!
Specialists instruct students in the writing process to include persuasive, expository, descriptive and narrative writing. Workshops will be offered on college admissions essay writing, grade level grammar, spelling and writing conventions.
“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”~Roald Dahl
Why You’ll Love Us
There has never been a better time to create and foster a lifestyle rooted in literacy. Literacy skills enrich our everyday life and provide us each with the opportunity to engage with one another in our community. In the 21st century, literacy is not just having the ability to read and write. To be literate includes:
- Digital Literacy-ability to use, evaluate, create and critically think about information found online
- Cultural Literacy-a willingness to understand and critique inequities and understanding that our own worldviews may be different than others
- Media Literacy-the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media
- Financial Literacy-the ability to understand how money works in the world
As our Literacy Lab continues to grow, so will our classes and workshops! We will offer sessions for all ages on varying types of literacy led by experts in the field.
“I love to write!”
Cate W. (8 years old)
“Reading is super easy now!”
Maggie G. (7 years old)
“I love reading now!”
Charley W. (8 years old)
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