Saturday, October 22, 2016

Teen Read Week 2016

Teen Read Week crept up on us this year, but we were still able to pull off some special events for our learners. I want to take a moment to share some of the events we did in the library. Teen Read Week is sponsored each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year it was held from October 9-15, 2016.

Get Caught Reading

This is one of my favorite activities to do with our students. If we catch them reading, we snap a quick photo and collect their name for a prize drawing. I have done this sporadically for many years. In the future, we should send the photos to a custom hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. "Get Caught Reading" is always a blast!

Skype With 1st Graders

In the spring, I wrote about our connection with my teacher librarian friend (and MIEExpert), Karey Killian. We have been wanting to connect again this year, and we decided to make it happen during Teen Read Week. We picked a day that Karey had a first-grade class. She had shared with them all about what a teacher librarian does for their job responsibilities. After this, we connected via Skype and had two of our students read picture books to her students. It was wonderful to see our 2 eighth graders connect and read with new friends in Pennsylvania. They were changed and so were all of our students watching. They wanted to know when we would do this again! We are currently planning to connect with elementary students in New York City for a similar event (with my TL friend, Tracey Wong).

Garland County Library Program

We are so fortunate to have the Garland County Library just a few miles up the road from our school. Each year, Brittany Chavez, the YA librarian, reaches our to us for visits. We were so excited when she inquired about visiting during Teen Read Week! She came on the last day of the celebration to book talk new YA titles at the library. My co-worker, Kaitlyn Price, was working on ordering all the books we didn't know about while the presentations were happening. It was a wonderful program, as always! Many thanks to John Wells, library director, for his support of these outreach programs. All Garland County schools and their students in our area benefit from these events!

It was a great Teen Read Week celebration for us at Lakeside! I'll keep you posted on what happens next.

How the Arkansas Department of Education featured our library program in a video!

How 6 picture frames made a difference in our school library.

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