Altoona (WQOW) - Every month, thanks to Asher Lasting Exteriors and United Bank, WQOW News 18 awards an area school a $500 grant. This month's Tools for Schools award went to the Altoona High School library. Amy Thiede, the library and media center aide, applied for the grant because she said several of their books have been on the shelves for decades and just aren't relevant today.
"Many of our non-fiction is so old that we can't use them as credible sources, said Thiede. “So, a lot of teachers require that you use sources that are of an appropriate date."
Not only will Thiede replace non-fiction materials, but fictional books too. She said students tend to judge a book by its cover and it can be hard to relate to the stories of the '60s and '70s.
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