My school librarian and I are still kicking around a ideas for our school’s Teen Read Week celebration October 9 – 15. This year’s “Read for the Fun of It” theme focuses on multilingual youth. In our rural corner of the world, where only three students are English language learners, we feel this year’s theme is especially important. A great number of connections, activities, and displays are piquing our interest as we plan for a week of celebrating cultural diversity and reading for pleasure.
Our school system’s acceptable use policy changed this year, and students now have access to their electronic devices during school hours. Book spine poetry, a bookface showdown, and a where do you read? contest are all in consideration. We want to focus on drawing students to the library using the phone and social media power couple that is so influential to tweens and teens. We are also really digging a play on Silent Library, especially something like this around the world version which connects perfectly with this year’s theme.
We have passive library activities planned also, including book fortune tellers and paint chip and coloring bookmarks for students to enjoy when they visit. We are also joining forces with the ESL teacher to write up announcements with “did you know” factoids about popular authors who are not from the United States and popular books originally published in another language. We will have a display of books in other languages for students to browse as well.
Aimee Haslam is a graduate of Old Dominion University’s library science program and a sixth grade English teacher in rural Virginia.