I miss students coming to the school library asking for a good book to read. We could scan the shelves together to find the “right” one. Once we went to online learning, the library’s social media accounts provided book links and recommendations. We posted links to the e-books from the school library or public library along with book covers and possible reviews.
In my building, several staff members shared that they were reading more at home now. It sparked an idea that we should share this with our students. I sent an e-mail to staff asking for a book title they are reading along with a photo of them reading. Over 75% of the staff responded with a book title and photo. If they were not comfortable with a picture, we used the book cover. We also involved our district office administrators, including our incoming superintendent.
It was fun to see the books staff members were reading and a great way to demonstrate that reading books can last a lifetime. I am hoping that students see their favorite teachers and notice the books they are reading.
Examples from the @bvwlibrary Instagram account
Examples from the @bvwlibrary Twitter account
In the end, we posted a collage of all the books submitted. It was amazing to see the variety of books. Click here to see all the books.
Author: Becca Munson
Becca Munson, Librarian, is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 23 years of experience in education. She is currently a school librarian at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, KS. Becca continues to find ways to positively impact student learning with literacy initiatives, technology integration, and building rapport with students and staff. Follow her on Twitter to view the library in action @bvwlibrary and @beccamunson .
Categories: Blog Topics, Community/Teacher Collaboration, Student Engagement/ Teaching Models, Technology
As a school librarian, nothing I said or did was equal to one student saying to another, “That’s a good one!” Perhaps librarians and teachers might get their students to tell others what they are reading?