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.
At last week's Technology Kickoff meeting, we discussed the addition of new technology, digital resources and the DLCs from DPI. Although technology is now a huge part of our job, we did manage to take some time out to get back to our "roots".
Books DO make a difference in students' lives. Decades of research support that student achievement correlates with access to books and reading materials. Children in poverty statistically have much less access to books than their middle and upper class peers, therefore solidifying the achievement gap.
In order to level the playing field, we need to be more agressive about meeting our students' literacy needs. With today's shrinking budgets, it's important to not get discouraged but find creative ways to advocate for our school library budgets and to increase our students' access to books.
Here is the slide show of your ideas:
Wallburg Elementary - Carly Smith
Hi, Everyone! My name is Carly Smith, and I will be starting the 2017-2018 school year as a first-year librarian at Wallburg Elementary School. I attended Wallburg all six years of my K-5 schooling, and my husband proposed to me at Wallburg while I was serving as an intern in the library during graduate school. Needless to say, Wallburg has always been and will continue to be such a special place for me, and I am so excited to work with and learn from the strong staff there. I graduated from UNCG in May 2014 with an undergrad in Elementary Education, where I immediately enrolled in the UNCG MLIS program the following semester. During graduate school, I substituted in Davidson County and filled two maternity leaves at Wallburg. I graduated from UNCG in December 2016 with my MLIS degree. I married my high school sweetheart, Dylan (who also went to Wallburg with me!) in October 2016. In my spare time, I like to read (...obviously!), go on walks with and just spend time with my family, go hiking, and work outside in the yard. My favorite children's books are Oh! The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss and Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I cannot wait to join the wonderful and inspiring group of DCS librarians!
Welcome Elementary - Melissa Hoffman
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