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Blind Date with a Book!

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Here's another reading incentive idea--make students go on a 'blind date' with a good book.  This would definitely work well for high schoolers.

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Via Janet Kenney on the Google + TL Chat community.  This would be so popular in high school!

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It's a Mystery!

It's a Mystery! | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
In October we'll have a focus on mysteries.  It seems appropriate, what with all the excitement about ghosts and goblins, right?  To launch our unit, we put up this bulletin board for students to g...
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A fun idea for an elementary school bulletin board.

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2013-02-02_0955 ScoopIt Final - rthom081's library

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So this is off topic, but it's a project I created for my Non-Book Media class at ODU.  The tutorial gives users a brief introduction to Scoop.It--a digital curation tool.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Scoop.It! along with Jing (the screen shot video program used to create the tutorial) has a lot of potential for school libraries.  Librarians can use Scoop.it! to create professional learning networks and stay abreast of current trends.  Students could use Scoop.It! to display relevant research topics or separate digital projects all on one page. 

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Tiny Tips for Library Fun: Playing That Mystery Game

Tiny Tips for Library Fun: Playing That Mystery Game | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Calling all mystery lovers!  This idea uses paper bags to conceal book covers.  Students get a 'mystery' book that they can't look at before checking it out.  After reading it they report back to the librarian on how they liked the book.  Kids will love the anticipation of getting something unknown to read.

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The Centered School Library: Reading is Sweet (in a gingerbread house)

The Centered School Library: Reading is Sweet (in a gingerbread house) | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Are you feeling crafty?  How about creating a gingerbread house in your own library?  Students will love the opportunity to read in a fun space.  Bonus points include being able to work the library gingerbread house into gingerbread story lessons.

 

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Bryce Don't Play: Story Action Pod: Election Edition!

Bryce Don't Play: Story Action Pod: Election Edition! | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Get your youngest students involved in the democratic process.  Have a vote for your favorite character station.  In this example, students were asked to choose Shark or Train from the book Shark vs Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld.

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Card Catalog of Creativity: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Card Catalog of Creativity: Teen Advisory Board Meeting | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Here's an idea--let your students paint the library bookends!  Maybe this could be done as part of a library citizen or reading award at the end of the school year.

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Library Paints Hobbit Door Over Entrance - GalleyCat

Library Paints Hobbit Door Over Entrance - GalleyCat | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
Library Paints Hobbit Door Over Entrance
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This would be a great promotional theme for a youth area.

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A diction-fairy!: Book Fairy Costume

A diction-fairy!: Book Fairy Costume | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it

Next year's Halloween costume DONE!


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Introduce your students to the "Diction-Fairy"!

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Three for: Awesome Ideas for Library Displays

Three for: Awesome Ideas for Library Displays | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
Is there a support group for Librarians Who Lack “Display Panache”?  If so, I need to join.  Until I can find that support group, I rely on Pinterest, Flickr, and Google to provide me w...

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Coming up with ideas for interesting book displays can be so difficult and time consuming.  This site offers several options to get your brain juice flowing.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, January 29, 2013 11:35 AM

Great idea! by @FranBullington

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Inspiration for new library displays.

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Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life :)

Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life :) | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
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I really like how this book selection chart takes a lot of the emphasis off of 'Is this book your reading level?' and places it more on 'Does this book look interesting to you?'.  I definitely think stimulating interest in reading is so much more important than worrying over AR and DRA levels in the school library.

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Blind Date with a Book!

Blind Date with a Book! | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it

Via Mary Clark
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Here's another reading incentive idea--make students go on a 'blind date' with a good book.  This would definitely work well for high schoolers.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 27, 2013 7:25 PM

Via Janet Kenney on the Google + TL Chat community.  This would be so popular in high school!

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School Library Activities

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Cell phone for your book character. This is an authentic activity that students would relate to! They can do this about a character in their book.
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This is a great idea to get your older students to connect to figures from history or literature.  Have them create a cell phone for that person with information about their contacts, text message conversations, missed calls, and applications.   

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Mo Willems, anyone?  Here's a cute idea--create Elephant and Piggie balloons. 

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Auntie Librarian: Read! Write! Win!

Auntie Librarian: Read! Write! Win! | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
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How can you encourage your students to read?  Let them have a voice!  This idea allows students to read books, create reviews, and then enter to win a totally cool prize.

 

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Why can't a library be fun?

Why can't a library be fun? | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
The other day I (literally) woke up thinking about the next plan for the library window display. I want it to be fun. I want students to care. I want to get students into the library. So I will bri...
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A creative idea to spark interest and increase traffic in your school library.  Here students are given 5 puzzling questions to work out.  The following week those who can answer the questions get a prize.  This could be fun for middle or high school libraries that struggle with student involvement.

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The Centered School Library: Face it...on the bookshelves

The Centered School Library: Face it...on the bookshelves | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
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I've heard before that making school libraries feel like bookstores really creates a lot interest.  Here's an easy idea to turn books facing out--a style of display that I know I've seen in my neighborhood Barnes and Noble.

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Fairy Dust Teaching Kindergarten Blog: Storytelling Pathways: Walking the Fairy Tale

Fairy Dust Teaching Kindergarten Blog: Storytelling Pathways: Walking the Fairy Tale | Fun in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Telling and re-telling skills are key to a student's reading comprehension.  This activity uses visual cues to help students recreate stories.

 

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