It was fun! When students used to come to the media center with their English classes to select a book for an outside reading, I would usually give booktalks. If I shared a dozen books and half of them were actually checked out, I was happy. For the rest of the period, students would browse the stacks in search of a book, find one quickly, and then sit down and chat with their friends until the bell rang. After reading how other media specialists set up their programs, I came up with a plan that works well in my library. With some modifications, I have used this basic procedure with all grade levels, from freshmen to seniors, from resource classes to advanced placement students.
Speed Dating with Books
From the Archives: Speed Dating with Books! – School Library Connection Blog
One of the most powerful things I can do for my students is work to promote reading for fun and helping students find books that they will enjoy. I feel like middle school is one of those key times in life where many students either take the path to become a life-long reader…or not. I always get great feedback from teachers and students with this activity…they love it! By the final round, about half of the students will typically have a book that they want to check out. I did this several weeks ago with my 8th graders, and this week the 6th graders are having their turn. Do you do something similar to this? What other tried and true activities do you use for the love of reading?
One Way to Encourage Checking-Out at the Library
Speed Dating for Book Lovahs! April 15, To get ready, I take a book cart around first the fiction area, grabbing armfuls of favorite, popular, and good looking books, grouping some by genre like my Teen, realistic novels, and Bluford High series. Be Daring - Try a Blind Date! Switching a lot means that kiddos keep moving, talking, and it creates a sense of urgency.
Have you ever wished you could have just one hour to mingle with the best programming librarians, see samples of their finest events, and ask them how they did it? Ten programming librarians gave lightning talks about some of their most successful programs while approximately 80 attendees table-hopped to hear as much as they could in one hour. For those who missed this event at the conference or were ALALeftBehind, here are a sampling of ideas to inspire you. Princeton Public Library shared their daylong exploration of genealogy resources called Research Your Roots , featuring three experts on genetics and genealogy. Gayle Stratton, who shared this program, also gave some tips on cutting costs for smaller libraries, including not catering lunch and finding local experts instead of hosting one from out of town.