The library at Macon Elementary School is definitely not quiet.
Boys and girls chat excitedly as they hunt for books. They read aloud tales of crime-fighting lunch ladies and guitar-strumming cats.
Then Mary Bilbrey, the school librarian, announces the “Dynamite Readers” of the week — those who read at least four picture books or one chapter book.
“Congratulations, you guys rocked and rolled,” Bilbrey says. She returns to her desk and the line of kids waiting to check out books.
Students at Macon Elementary consume books like no other campus in the Dallas Independent School District. They’ve checked...