NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A local librarian is stepping outside of the box in hopes of helping young kids learn to read.
The New Hanover County Rap Club is in its tenth week at the Myrtle Grove branch.
Scooter Hayes is the mastermind behind the club and mission and said it is a great way to help the kids foster a love for literature.
"Research has shown that children who are better rhymers are better readers," said Hayes.
These children, who are in elementary school, show up to the library even Wednesday from 3:30 pm until 4:30pm to rap.
They write, record and even produce all their own work.
Each week Hayes chooses a topic for the kids. "It will relate to the library, reading or even their favorite book," he said. The kids even get to choose their own rap name.
"It's very strange having a rap club in a library which is a quiet place," said Hayes. "We get kind of loud."
Hayes said he's seen an improvement in the club members since they started.
"Hip hop is a great way to play with language," he said. "Kids come here they work on vocabulary."
There is only a few more weeks left of the club before they start making their own music videos of all their raps.
If you'd like to join the NHC Rap Club, call the Myrtle Grove library for more information.