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Cosplay: Coming Soon to a Library Near You : The Booklist Reader

I wake up Friday morning, move through my daily routine, and in about two hours I’ve transformed into the magical priestess of a squid god and am ready to hit the streets. This is obviously n…

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Top 10 Ideas to Promote Summer Reading by Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan

What are you doing to promote summer reading in your schools? Check out these great ideas that were blogged on the Nerdy Book Club.

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When we were browsing through Time magazine, we came across this quote:

“A recent study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that the average American spends only 19 minutes a day reading; young people read less than ever, apparently, with people ages 25 to 34 reading eight minutes a day on weekends and holidays, while those 20 to 24 average around 10.”

 

These numbers are startling.   We want to help students bring the love of reading they develop in school outside the classroom walls.   We wonder:

  • How can we help readers keep reading when school is no longer in session?
  • How can we help readers sustain reading when we are not organizing their time?
  • How can we help students make reading a priority in their lives?

 

With summer just a few weeks away, we have an opportunity to impact these statistics by fostering…

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Coping with a Library Reno

underCan there be anything more exciting than learning that your school library will undergo a make-over? It can be a small change or something more elaborate. It certainly isn’t a project that anyone can afford to say no to in our age of declining budgets. I wish that every library could be fortunate enough to provide such a change to their deserving staff and students.

Yesterday, I was able to move books from 85 shelves with the help of some fabulous student helpers. That was from one wall alone. We were preparing for the painters. I hope the same team returns to place the books back – as soon as the paint dries. What a workout!

The library windows have been blacked out to help generate some excitement. We have that in bucket-loads right now. The list of things to do in our space is rather lengthy, both by our workmen and the librarian. We have no choice but to close awhile. So how do I do I keep in touch?

Daily announcements inform teachers, administrators and students. The lines of communication are open. I make use of internal mail and email. I’ll even accept notes slipped under the door!

Best of all, I am taking to the halls and classrooms! Students are invited to return their books to me during their breaks. I have set up a book cart outside our doors where we can chat about the changes they may expect once the doors re-open. I fill requests for resources, sometimes the very same day. This has the added bonus that students make use of our online catalogue and come prepared. They also see the connection between our online resources and the Library. They can still ask for assistance!

Ours is a very busy library. The students tell me every day that they miss coming in. Bringing the Library to them, means keeping their interest alive. It means that the Library of the Future is more than just a place.

Submitted by C.A. Case from PCHS


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(Sort of) Review of Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (pub date 4/21/15)

I cannot wait to read this book. I am a big fan of Shusterman.

I Push Books

challengerdeepFor the record, I fully intended to write a more traditional review of Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep, which hits bookstores and shelves tomorrow. It has been a few weeks since I finished the digital review copy (DRC) that I specifically joined Eidelweiss to get after Shusterman visited my two junior high schools and read excerpts to us. And although I have often found myself thinking about the novel, I know that I am very bad on remembering things like names and spellings–the kinds of things you need to get right when writing a review.

Fortunately for me, as I sat down after dinner, I found that the DRC still exists and “plays” on my tablet. I began to read and to get sucked into this compelling story all over again. I began making connections–ones I don’t know that I fully made before–because I was now reading the beginning of the…

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