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Bookmark of the Week: School Library Association Star Ideas

sla-logoWhen the fountain runs dry, I know that I can always count on some inspiration from SLA’s Star Ideas.  The ideas are categorized by month but you can really mix and match what works best for you!

Here is a sample of ideas:

  • Start a words on the wall campaign; posting extracts of books in strategic places around the school; canteen, toilet doors, main entrances

  • Run breakfast clubs with lots of newspapers available

  • Run a quiz to guess the book title in translation or identify the foreign cover

  • Organize speed dating events for recommending books

Submitted by Kathy Conroy from WWJR and Mount Pleasant Elementary


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Freedom to Read Week

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February 22nd to the 28th is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. During this time I like to speak to my students about the implications of censorship in schools and libraries. For the past two years I have created a display that piques their interest and sparks discussion about why there are so many attempts to restrict access to books.

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IMG_1151_2 First, I compile a list of books that have been challenged or banned. The majority of these challenges occurred in Canada or the United States, but I make an effort to include books challenged in other countries as well. After pulling these books from the shelves, I wrap each of them in brown butcher paper and write the reason why they were challenged on the cover. I then set them on a display unit in the reading area.

IMG_1157_2It has been really interesting to observe the reactions of the students (not to mention the teachers) as they open the covers. One boy, upon discovering that a book marked “Encourages witchcraft” was Harry Potter, could not get over his shock. There were similar reactions to The Giver and Divergent. Each this time happens, I take the opportunity to give more details about why the book was challenged, which usually only makes the student more incredulous!

I am pleased to see my students gaining a deeper understanding of the implications of censorship and will continue to create this display each year. Although I do this primarily with middle school students, I could see it working just as well for an upper elementary or high school library.

Submitted by Laura Sanders from Selwyn House School


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Bookmark of the Week: Library Displays

I have many go-to sites for finding great library displays.  Usually I use Pinterest but there are other websites out there that should not be ignored.  I really enjoy the blog – Library Displays:  creative ideas to promote books from your library collection.  There are a lot of nice displays that are quite ingenious.  There is also some interesting points in her Some Thoughts on Displays page.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Also, if you have a website or blog that you use regularly, submit it to us with a small blurb.  You can send it to: esdprof@lbpearson.qc.ca

Submitted by Kathy Conroy, Westwood Junior


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Quick Library Display for Valentine’s Day

val 2015 (1)Looking for something quick and easy to do for Valentine’s Day?  Looking for a way to show off books that are just sitting on your shelves?  Here is an idea that will have books flying off the shelf.  Blind date with a book creates excitement.  It is really simple to do and the students will be talking about it in their classes.  It is suitable for all grade levels so have fun with it!

val 2015 (2)Yesterday I put up the display and immediately had students asking about it and checking out books.  This year I chose to wrap up graphic novels – the ones that tend to get lost in the collection.  I think the best part for the students is unwrapping the book.  They of course make all these comments about their date too.

val 2015 (3)I wrapped up 30 books.  Make sure that you put a duplicate barcode sticker on the back of the wrapping paper so that you can check it out.  Click here for the “RATE YOUR DATE” form.  The students have all week to read the book.  Next Monday, after I have received their reviews, I will randomly select one review and that student will win a gift card.

Submitted by Kathy Conroy from WWJR