I've been really busy with work and online classes and haven't taken time to keep up with my blog. Now that school is out, I wanted to post some of the fun things I've done in the library.
I love working in the library and enjoy using my creativity to get students to visit the library and, hopefully, inspire them to check out a book!
Read the Movie
This is a book-to-movie display I made. We have many students that aren't interested in reading, but have to check out a book for an English class. This is an easy way for them to find a book that they probably already know something about, whether they've seen the movie or not. A lot of students will choose to read the book of a favorite movie they've seen.
Blind Date with a Book
I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to try it! It was a big hit and I had many students (mostly girls) who weren't big readers, but saw the display when they were in the library socializing during lunch.
I wrapped the books so they couldn't see the cover and made personal ads for each book that gave an idea of the genre and plot of the book. I really wanted them to read a book that they may not have normally chosen. I did have quite a few that brought back the book the next day because it didn't seem like something they'd like. I think the next time I do it, I will include some type of contest and require them to write a little book report of the book so that they'll have to read the book to be entered in the contest.
Note the fun book page wreath I made out of a book titled, I Think I Love You!
Peeps Diorama Contest
I used to love seeing the entries to the Peeps Diorama Contest in the newspaper that, I think, was started by the Washington Post. I saw on Pinterest that some of the public libraries had started doing their own diorama contest. I wanted to try it at the high school and thought it would be a lot of fun for the students to build a diorama using Peeps to recreate a scene from their favorite book.
I had a lot of students who weren't familiar with the Peeps Dioramas so I made the Moby Peep diorama to give them an example. Unfortunately, I scheduled the event close to Easter, which also coincided with STAAR testing, and I didn't have a lot of entries. Next time, I'll be sure to check my dates and advertise it a little more.