This year I added "Book Speed Dating" to our library orientation day to help set the tone for reading being a priority at NDMS. It has been a lot of fun! Students were given the opportunity to explore a variety of genres on the tables and select a book to "speed date" for just a few minutes. During the "date" they took time for "first impressions" and then spend a couple of minutes reading the book. If they decided to check out the book after the speed date, great! If not, that is okay, too. We did a couple of "speed dating" rotations and then students had a chance to browse the whole media center. Several students did end up checking out books that were on the tables.
I borrowed this idea from the Mrs. Readerpants Blog : click here. She has lots of great tips and suggestions. I chose not to have one genre per table; instead, I mixed genres at each table. Since I was doing this with every class in the whole school I was concerned I wouldn't be able to replenish some of the genres. If I did this again with a smaller group of students, I would probably organize it by genre like Mrs. Readerpants suggests.
It was fun for me and the teachers to see what types of books they gravitated towards, and the students enjoyed being able to move around and select their book dates!
Thanks to Kristi Allred, SLMC at NDMS, for this blog post on "speed dating". If you have an innovative idea or activity happening in your #DCSlibrarymedia center that you would like to share, send an email to Sedley to submit your blog post.
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