Three For: School Library Sites

BSHS Library March Madness 2013

I thought I’d check to see what other schools are doing in conjunction with March Madness and came across some sites that are exceptional – each for different reasons.  Thought I’d share!

Lake Forest High School – I love the “Now Quoting” idea – what a great idea to generate interest in a book!  See their quotes for the book Unraveling.

Severn School – Book, Line, and Sinker – The Middle School Maker Fair seems to have been a successful venture.  Awesome idea to extend the library and our  image.

Pleasant Grove High School – I LOVE the monthly research challenge that this library sponsors! More info on just their monthly challenge can be found at https://pghs.schoolloop.com/promotions

 

What are your favorite school library websites?

 

 

 

Three for: Free Classroom and Library Printables

Free quality educational resources?  Sign me up!

Iowa Library Services

Library Posters Iowa Library Services offers this collection of library posters in pdf format.  Print to your heart’s content!

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Thanks for culling links for us, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Blog!

Venspired Learning

Krissy Venosdale generously shares her creative classroom designs and posters through her blog and Flickr account.  Check them out!

Image attribution:  Skipping Schoolgirls outside Victoria Station, London by UGArdner http://www.flickr.com/photos/22834654@N04/2445244162

Three for: Free Resources for You and Your Library

Free is always good!

  • The Libraries Agency offers free templates for posters, notices, announcements, and more.
  • Have Playaways or considering purchasing them?  Circulation Station provides both  Click & Ship and a Build & Print options.  Get free posters, stickers, info takeaways, and shelf tape through the Click & Ship option.  Customize posters, trifolds, and newslettters on the Build & Print page.
  • Love, love, love this downloadable pdf (see photo above) to display in your library!  Gale Cengage Learning offers this and more.  School librarians can find resources designed specifically for K-12 here.  Check out the Lesson Plan Library.

I Can Name that Book in One Pic!

Can you name that book in 5 pics?

A bit earlier this summer, my good friend Cathy Nelson shared her thoughts with me as she began planning for this fall’s Teen Read Week (sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association). She has several great ideas (see her post here), but the one that immediately captured my attention was her Books2Pics slides.  For each book, she created a slide containing pictures of several of its key elements. Her plan is to have one displayed each day during Teen Read Week and challenge the students to identify the book.

Because the idea looked just plain fun to me, when I finished reading one of the 2012 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award (SCYABA) nominees, I created a Books2Pics slide and shared it with Cathy and another good friend (and the third of the original Three Media Musketeers) Heather Loy, challenging them to “Name that Book.”

After I had created three of these slides (I’m telling you, it’s addictive!), I finally had that light bulb moment.  All of the YA books I am currently reading are from the 2012 SCYABA nominee list (gotta be familiar with those books!).  Why not sponsor a “Name that Book” contest during Teen Read Week similar to our YA Lit Jeopardy contest last year?

Name that Tune

For those of you not old enough to remember the “Name that Tune” game show, during the Bid a Note portion of the show two contestants vied for prizes by identifying songs from just a few notes.  A bidding “war” took place before one contestant had to name the song.  Contestant One would say, “I can name that tune in 5 notes” and Contestant Two would either counter by saying, “I can name that tune in 3 notes” or “Name that tune,” placing Contestant One in the hot seat to name the song from just the number of notes he/she had bid.

Each of the book slides I have created contains five photographs of key elements in the book.  I have used PowerPoint’s Customize Animation feature so that only one photograph will appear on the slide each time the mouse is clicked.  Two students, or teams of students, will challenge each other to “Name that Book” in 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1 photograph(s).  Since all books in the game come from the 2012 SCYABA nominees, there will be no need to give individual hints before each new slide.

“Picture It @ Your Library” is this year’s theme for Teen Read Week making this contest a perfect fit.  I can only hope that the students will have as much fun playing “Name that Book” as I have had creating it!

Maximum Marketing

While researching for my “Ramp up Reading with Technology” sessions at the 2011 Upstate Technology Conference (Greenville, South Carolina), I stumbled across two free iPhone apps for YA lit:  the Maximum Ride Fang and the Maximum Ride Angel apps.

I excitedly installed the Fang app on my phone (I am such a geek!), considering the marketing possibilities that mobile devices offer for publishing companies and authors.  With the Fang app, you can quiz yourself:  “Who’s Your Flock Mate?” and take a photo of yourself with Max and Fang.  (Tried the photo with Fang – not very good quality unfortunately.)

With the Angel app, you can quiz yourself:  “How Max Are You?” and read the first 21 chapters of the book.  You also get a sneak preview of the audiobook.

With the rise in popularity of mobile devices, I’m surprised that publishers haven’t put more focus into developing free apps for YA series.  Seems this would be a promising playground for book promotion.    

Exclusive New Book Preview for Bookclub Members

You know how some of your best ideas just “hit you” out of the blue?  Last school year, a senior service learner (who was also a member of our Bulldog Booklover Club) was assisting me in processing a new shipment of books.  We were like the proverbial kids in a candy store as we checked the books received off the packing list.

“Oooh…I wanna read this one!”

“I remember the reviews I read as I was considering this one; it is supposed to be awesome!”

My service learner grabbed paper and a pencil to start writing the titles of the ones she wanted to be sure to read.  After all, she was a senior, a voracious reader, and she didn’t want to miss out on one single book that could sweep her into another world for a few hours.

The “Aha!” Moment Strikes

What reader doesn’t love new books and the prospects for adventure, mystery, and/or romance each holds?  As we continued to pull each new title out of the box, I had one of those “aha” moments:  why not hold an exclusive new book preview just for our book club members?

At the time, we were still in our old facility and decided to set up a preview display in our conference room.  Invitations were created and announcements were made and I arrived at school earlier than usual on the morning of our first preview to set up the waiting area for our book club members.   Because our space was limited, I could only allow three members at a time into the conference room to pour over the new books and choose the one they were allowed to check out.

Eager faces awaited me as I opened the library doors at 7:30 and a horde of students raced to the back to claim their space in the preview line.  Excitement bubbled over – letting me know that this was a tradition in the making.

Setting Up the Preview in our New Facility


We still use a conference room in our new facility, and even though it is smaller in size than the first conference room we used,  it contains bookcases and tables perfect for setting up the display. 

Our book club members love this membership perk; watching them as they make their selections (and smell those new books!) makes the time and effort of setting up the preview worth every minute.  I photograph each with his/her selection and request a honest review of it when each is finished reading.

An added bonus:  other students in the library the morning of an exclusive new book preview often ask to see what our members are checking out and ask to have a copy of the book held for them.  Seeing the excitement of their peers creates more interest in new arrivals than do announcements or displays.

How do you promote new books?