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Old 08-22-2006, 04:19 PM
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I am a Librarian also. I make some of my smaller posters using my printshop program on the computer. I use this if I have something specific I am trying to promote. I have also used the computer to make letters for bulletin boards which I laminate and save to use again. I make a lot of things for the walls and bulletin boards using the overhead projector, clipart on transparency paper and poster board.
There a lot of good ideas on this thread. Hope you find some you can use.
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New question for you librarians---How do you keep Middle school and High school age kids interested in reading? I have tried different programing, but it seems like they are more interested in being entertained then entertaining themselves with a good book. I have a program planned for next month for 3rd thru 6th grades trying to get them interested before they get older and hoping they will want to continue reading.
Any ideas that you have tried I would be interested in hearing.
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:01 AM
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Having a 17 and 21 year old-both boys, I would suggest anything that involves food. lol Seriously, my 17 year old loves the new Star Wars books, and anything with sports. Also, he loves his Xbox magazine. He bought a subscription with his own money. So, maybe a visible display of books that would cater to their interests? A lot of kids that age are really interested in entertainers and famous athletes. Maybe you could center something around that. Anyway, I hope that helps!
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jjoj--The food idea is really not that funny. I plan a Mystery night every Feb for 5th -9th grades that includes pizza and pop at the end---sign ups are great when they find out about the food!!
I am trying different displays with books that should interest them, but right now it seems that age group in more interested in using the computer than checking out a books.
In October I have a Scooby Doo Mystery month palnned for grades 3 to 6. I have three events planned during the month--opener is watching the "Scooby Doo' movie together, a Clues & Codes night where we make a decoder and finally a scavanger hunt.
In order to attend the scavanger hunt they will have to read 2 books during the month (one of which can be their require school reading book) and attend at least one of the other programs. The idea is to not only get them to read, but get them coming into the Library on a regular basis.
When I was a kid we stopped at the Library almost every night on the way home from school. We played games, checked out books and hung around with our friends. I guess today's kids have so many activities after school that stopping in at the Library isn't as easy.
Thanks for your suggetions.
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Old 09-21-2006, 01:10 PM
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Joy, yes, I know what you're saying. That is a shame. I always spent time at the library growing up, also. Those are all really cool ideas that you have. I love the Scooby Doo Mystery idea, especially! My kids are really into computers, but also love to read as well. Thank goodness. I do think you are right to interest them in reading when they are young. I know a lot of people who didn't like reading when they were teens, but learned to enjoy it as adults, so don't lose heart. You never know when you might be planting seeds! Take care!
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Thanks for the encouragement. I do have some good readers---I just want more!!!!
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