Fifth-grade students recently had the opportunity to read a good book, practice writing skills, and make new friends. The Book Pal Program is a joint effort with the Friends of the Davis Public Library. . During a six-week period, 5th-grade students are paired with a volunteer community member and they all read the same book. They then write old-fashioned, hand-written letters to each other about the book and a little about themselves. At the end of the project, the volunteer adult book pals came to school to meet their new friends and celebrate.The Book Pal's read Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson this year. The book complemented what students were learning about the later years of westward expansion and the Homestead Act in class. Many thanks to The Friends of the Library for supplying all of the books for the project.