I love this time of year! Our temperature in Georgia is dropping below 80 degrees and who doesn't love a good opportunity to display horror books? Check out how we are making the most out of our limited, Covid programming below.
You've Been Booooked
You may have seen the cute way of promoting books that Shannon Miller has done. Because we are in a middle school and have over 15 ELA/reading teachers in three grade levels, participating in a Book'd program like Shannon's is as feasible for us. Instead, I do fun read alouds at different points in the year with a theme.
Want to try this too? Get the template to our boooked signs here.
Our library is not open to all students in the way that we are used to operating this school due to Covid. While students are definitely allowed in and to browse for books, the amount of students are being limited for contact tracing and safety precautions. Because of this, we have had to get creative with how to promote our MakerSpace and provide opportunities for creation. We have started Make & Take projects instead and so this month, we are doing a pumpkin decorating contest.
We ordered mini pumpkins from Amazon (you could easily get pumpkins donated from Home Depot or Lowes instead). I wanted to be able to keep our pumpkins for next year as part of our decor so that's why I chose to go with plastic pumpkins. When I purchased, it was about $15 for 30 pumpkins. After the pumpkins arrived, we printed directions and put the directions and pumpkins inside a bag for students to pick up from the circulation desk. We promoted the contest and our pumpkins were gone within a few days. Next year, we will have to rethink how many we have!
Students are to turn in their pumpkins by Thursday and we will display pumpkins outside the library for voting on Friday. I can't wait! I'll post an update after all entries have been turned in.
With our limited capacity allowed inside the library and half of our population at home for virtual school, we are promoting more outside of our walls with displays and advertisements. We are using our social media accounts, the monitors around the lunch room, and changed the directions of our displays outward for students to see the awesome books we have. We've also kept up our displays near the front of the library.
(Make a copy of this sign using my template here.
I also create virtual libraries to share on our Library Learning Commons Microsoft Team and ELA/reading teachers.
If you've been around for a minute, you know how much I love going all out for events. While October may mean fall for some, it means creating spooky decor over here! This year, we are adding a Halloween themed Spotify playlist to our ever-growing bundle of fun. Find out what else we are doing for this fun time of year here.
Yesterday, I was able to share one of my favorite apps for empowering student voice and empowering students as creators, Anchor, on the Future Ready Librarians webinar, Digital Learning App Smash for Future Ready Librarians.
Pro tip: Plan with your students ahead of recording!
Check out the rest of the amazing apps mentioned in the webinar below. Presentation: bit.ly/FRLappsmashwebinar
For Banned Books Week, I always do some version of stations and a read out with students to celebrate our freedom to read. (Read about our stations from last year). With only 25% of our students in person and the rest virtual, I transformed our stations into a virtual escape room our teachers can use at the leisure next week. I'm excited about how it turned out! Feel free to use or make a copy for yourself/your students!
Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month is a period for the duration of the month of May in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
This month, I challenge you to #readAsianauthors and then to keep doing it, because these authors are amazing. These are just a few of my favorite books representing Asian authors, culture, and history.