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egg2When students check out a book this month, they may find an egg hidden in the library. When they open the egg, a slip of paper inside tells them to see media center staff for a treat. We have already gotten many of our overdue books returned as a result of our Easter promotion. Happy hunting!

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3rd Nine Weeks Game Day

10Our Game Day celebration at the end of each nine weeks honors those students who have achieved their reading goal for the term. I had a great time with our participating students, but I also enjoyed the planning stage. Activities included indoor foot volleyball, scotch tape portraits, and library mini-golf. Check out some of our highlights below.

 

 

divergent4April is National School Library Month and all month long we will have promotions to celebrate. With the movie release of Divergent based on the YA book by Veronica Roth, it seemed to be the perfect way to kick off the month’s activities. We started activities with a Divergent bulletin board which has a quiz for students to determine their faction. Once they know their faction, students may bring a dark colored t-shirt so that we may add their faction. We will also hold some contests during the month to give away a copy of Divergent as well as a faction t-shirt. More details to follow….

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IMG_1226For Superhero Day at school, I thought it was finally time to try out the Book Fairy Costume I’ve seen on Pinterest. It was super easy to make and didn’t take long at all. The kids got a kick out of it and I definitely enjoyed spreading my fairy dust during the day. I even decided to wear it when I went to pick up my kids from their school. This costume sure was hard to drive in though….I got some really funny looks from the cars I passed. My girls thought it was great though. They weren’t embarrassed at all…just wait until Middle School. :)

Genrefication of Fiction

genreI’ve been thinking about reclassifying books in fiction according to genre since our local high school took on the project. Kids frequently ask questions such as, “Where are the scary books?”, or “Where are the sports books in fiction?” I want to help kids find books they are most interested in reading and with close to 7,000 books in our fiction section, it just makes sense to subdivide.

After much research online of school and public libraries who have taken on the project, I decided to go for it this year. I debated on adding non-fiction to the reclassification project. I considered placing historical fiction by historical non-fiction and science fiction by non-fiction science books. In the end, I decided to divide fiction first to see how it worked with the kids. I chose Adventure, Picture Books, Fantasy, Historical, Sports, Science, Mystery, Realistic, Graphic Novels, and Horror as my subdivisions. I decided against changing out the spine labels and went with adding colored paper tape from Demco for each. I chose the tape dispenser from the Library Store. After the sections are done, I will batch process the books in the library catalog to add the genre to the call number(For example: Adv F Avi or Sci F Whi). This will help students searching the library catalog to find the books in the subdivided sections in the library easier.

So far I’ve completed around 25% of the collection and I’ve already seen big difference. Kids are finding books a bit easier now and are starting to go to the areas they are most interested in reading from. I’m also starting to see areas of the collection which need more titles. It is a slow process and I don’t know if I will get finished before the end of the school year. Overall, I like it and I think it will make a big difference helping kids find great books to read. Does anyone have any suggestions for non-fiction? I’m thinking this may be our project for next year.

Resources:

Mrs. Readerpants: The Library Genre-fication Project
Mr. Dewey, I Bid You Adieu
Summer Project: Kill Dewey
Using Wordfoto App for Genre Signs
So We Ditched Dewey….What Comes Next For Our Books and Shelves?
Scoop.it: Dewey Free Library
What’s Your Genre? Quiz
The Dewey Dilemma

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paper laser mazeThe Colossus Rises is a mix of Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones. The main characters find themselves fighting to stay alive while involved in some hair raising adventures.  Each book in the Seven Wonders series involves locating loculi at each of the seven Ancient Wonders of the World. For our Book Club meeting I decided teams of students should be involved in their own adventure to locate loculi. Teams competed in a series of three elimination events. The first event featured making a crypto wheel cipher to figure out a series of five key terms from the book. The top three teams advanced to the balloon gauntlet. For the balloon gauntlet, students had to crawl through a balloon filled tunnel to find the hidden loculi without popping or displacing balloons. The top two fastest teams advanced to the final competition….the paper laser maze. The event featured a maze of paper streamers students had to crawl through without breaking to retrieve their loculi. The student team with the fastest time won. I had a great time creating this for the Book Club kids and I think the kids enjoyed it too.

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