Check out Dia Day, April 30th, a day celebrating both diversity and reading. While much of this is intended for public libraries you clever school library folk can extract plenty of great resources from the book lists, coloring sheets and activities. Enjoy!! Katie
This Edutopia article titled 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students could be adapted by library staff at all levels for more thought provoking discussions. Read it over and think about what kind of nifty poster you might make yourself to have handy as a reminder until doing this becomes a habit. Katie
Check out the World Read Aloud Day Blog for some great stories and many, many ideas on how to celebrate not only the day but the incredible act of sharing stories. Notice the Girls LitClub and the Boys LitClub blogs in the right hand menu. So much food for thought!!! Katie
ps Thank you Shannon Miller at Van Meter for leading me to this site!
..... LEAD A BETTER LIFE.
What a great idea!! Post the Reading Bill of Rights. Be a Literacy Leader for your school. Join the cause, download the 5 Things to Do Every Day and post it prominently. Share with parents and staff. Go to Scholastic's ReadEveryDay page for more info. Katie
Afraid this wasn't on my radar. :-(
I'll be watching for it next year....and anyhow, as they mention on the National Drop Everything And Read website, EVERY day should really be a D.E.A.R. day.
If you haven't discovered the Resource page at this site, check it out for lots of ideas for next year and even extensions if you celebrated for this year. Katie
Learn about a new program created initially in Europe last year and now being introduced in the United States. It is called World Book Night and involves thousands of volunteers giving away 20 books each to people in order to encourage reading. Think about signing up to be a "book giver" or if you are a librarian, think about signing up to be a "book pick-up library." Katie
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OK..... so I got waylaid in getting the post below posted...by 4 months!! It is still a great article and I don't want to wait for Literacy Day this year to publish it. Lori Learned's sharing yesterday of the website International Children's Digital Library reminded me of Literacy Day (don't even try to follow the route my memory takes!) and this entry which has been languishing in draft form. Both sites are worth checking out...the ICDL should be shared with teachers, bi-lingual tutors and parents as its a fantastic resource. Kt
--from September----------------------------------------------------------------------------------This blog post poses the question "Are All Readers Literate?" It speaks to the need for our young learners to be acquiring what they call background knowledge, or domain knowledge, domain-specific content knowledge. What any reader, not matter what their age or skill level, needs in order to fully understand text. This is an area where our profession can help by guiding students to resources which expand their knowledge base; by taking the time to explain idioms and pointing out metaphores and similies; and by making connections for them between a feature in a fictional setting (Charlotte... as in Charlotte's Web) and the Dewey section on spiders. We can help them build background knowledge with games and contests that challenge them to learn new facts and broaden their horizons. We can share a bit of our selves, our interests and backgrounds in order to expand their background information base but also to encourage them to exercise a little self examination and see that they may have a some stories to tell and information to share which will expand our knowledge base as well.
I would encourage you to read not only the short blog post but also to follow some of the links the article alludes to.
Below are ideas shared by our elementary library staff on ways to help reluctant readers in the library setting-
Check out this fantastic "uncommercial" (ie. not conducive to commercial success) for Lifelong Literacy created by our own Karen Stern for her Journalism class at UAF this semester. Hint- keep clicking on the arrow to 'page' through.
Can't wait to have her show us how she made it!! Katie