Thursday, June 4, 2015

Check It Out at the Library!

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.