I am the librarian at a school for 6th through 12th graders. Every year we try to make our TRW activities bigger and better. It is easy to lure the young ones in for the games and contests, but the older ones are a bit more jaded. Since the library book group is only for high school students, they are the ones who help plan and assist with all the fun. Often they will bring in their friends to participate, so this is one way to get the older students to be a part of TRW.

I think that a component of TRW’s mission is to get more students aware of what is available for them in the library. Every year there are students, whom I do not see very often, who will walk through the doors during TRW. When they do, I know that our mission was accomplished.

‘ This year our planning got off to a rocky start. Books with Beat did not get the group energized. With a little prodding, the students did some brainstorming. It was a unanimous decision to call it Books with Beat, Be Unique, Beat the Stereotype. All of the activities will center around labeling, individuality and stereotypes. What a timely topic they selected! We usually plan the same types of activities each year and just tailor them around the year’s theme. With less than two weeks to go until kick off, the students and I are busy printing flyers, writing questions to contests, practicing with the web 2.0 tools we will use, and finishing all the last minute details.

‘ On October 18th, we will be ready, hope you will be too.’  ‘ 

‘ Post written by Elizabeth Kahn

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