A recovering “core subject is best and what matters most” English Teacher, I am relatively new to the library scene. After being chosen for this grant, I began to consider how it really is not just me or the library or even the school that received this award, but each individual student that attends this school. I have the privilege of teaching Library Skills and Digital Citizenship to all of the 7th and 8th grade students. Like many High School Librarians, I have no assigned teaching time with the students. I see them when they come from Freshman English to check out outside readings for class, and sporadically from Science and History classes when students have research projects to complete. So how was I to get information to achieve my goals and complete the programs I developed for Teen Read Week? I would accomplish this through our school’s Advisory Program.
To prepare for Teen Read Week all students in their advisories have completed a twenty-six question Interest Inventory. For the purposes of Teen Read Week and the programming that will occur, eight of the questions will be scrutinized and data is being gathered.
The following is the letter I attached to the surveys:
Please have your advisees fill out the Interest Inventory that I have included here.
This survey is part of an effort to increase student involvement in LMC (Library Media Center) acquisitions. As a result of this survey and related Teen Read Week library programming that will occur October 8-14, our LMC will be able to purchase books that student groups have selected in the amount of about $900. Please let students know that their participation makes this donation of money for book purchases possible.
Surveys need to be completed and returned to me by Friday, September 8, 2017. If any students are absent please have them complete the survey on Monday, September 11, 2017.
Please also ask students interested in becoming part of a Teen Reader’s Advisory Group to see me for more information.
Thank you to all of the faculty and students. I look forward to working with you throughout the year!
Mrs. Reinstein, Librarian
With special thanks to: Dollar General and YALSA
I was very pleased that students were excited to know that their participation in the survey meant that we could have some new books in our library and not only would there be new books, but books that were based on their interests and suggestions.
I am looking forward to aggregating the data to continue my implementation of programming and sharing how it goes.
Maria Reinstein is the Library Media Specialist at Buckfield Junior Senior High School, in Buckfield, Maine. Maria has shared her love of literature, rhetoric, drama, and writing through teaching and co-curricular activities since 1995. She began teaching as a University Faculty member at the Komi State Pedagogical Institute in Syktyvkar, Russia before returning home to Maine and before becoming a full time High School English Teacher. She has developed two Advanced Placement English courses, is a state certified mentor for new teachers, has completed a national program in Trails to Every Classroom, and has recently finished her second master’s degree, this time in Library and Information Science.
Maria’s interests beyond the classroom include writing, playing music, gardening, cooking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping, and nordic and alpine skiing. Maria lives with her husband, their three children, and their two dogs in Turner, Maine.