Our teacher librarians and media managers use a variety of ways for students to preview new books. Patsy Cockrum at Ponderosa Elementary uses a version of Musical Chairs. She places enough chairs for all of the students around in a circle. On each chair is a new book to preview. When she starts the music, students walk around the chairs. When she stops the music, each student must find a chair and sit and peruse the book for 1-2 minutes. Then Patsy starts the music again and repeats the activity. I noticed that she mixed up the music so that it was a new song playing each time. At the end of the activity, students were able to check out a book, including the new ones. Before the next class came she replenished the books for any chairs that were empty.
As a Media Manager, there is often time left over after checkout where students can read their newly checked out books. This is great for older students, but what about the kindergartners that tend to get a little squirrelly? Bridget Wise, at Buckingham, has found that students love singing songs at the end of their library time. Thanks to YouTube, it’s easy to have songs right at your fingertips. Here are some of Bridget’s favorites.
One of the perks of my job is getting to visit all of our great libraries. Each one is unique and offers so much to our students. Recently I was at La Pine Elementary where Dail Pautz, their Media Manager, created a fun event for her students. Instead of her reading a story to the students, she picked a student to be the “Celebrity Student” of the day. This entails the student getting to sit in the special chair reading to their class. What a great way to promote the love of reading!