September is Library Card Sign Up Month and the elementary schools in my district are partnering with our local public library to host A Night at the Library for each elementary school. Our night was Tuesday, September 8 and it was a big success. Despite a rainy afternoon, we had several families come out.
There was a guided tour of the children's department, a raffle to win a goodie bag, opportunities to sign up for a library card, and time to explore and have fun with friends and family. We had several families who got their first library card and checked out books. It was great to see students of all ages bonding over their love of reading, tinkering with gears and puzzles in the play area, or exploring educational games on the computer.
One of my goals this year is to do a better job at promoting activities hosted at our local library. There's a LEGO group, chess, bedtime stories, puppet shows, and much more. Plus, my students were excited to learn they weren't limited to checking out just 2 books at a time like they are at school. At our local library, the limit is 50! And they were excited to learn that it's not just books that can be checked out, but also DVDs, books on tapes, and even ukuleles.
What are some ways you partner with your local library? Share ideas in our comments.
10 September 2015
We prepared for the visit by reading both of Drew's books and doing a few related activities. Kindergarten and first grade students drew pictures and wrote sentences about their favorite parts of the books. Second grade students wrote a letter to Drew asking him a question or sharing their thoughts on the book. Some even pretended to be one of the crayons when writing their letter. We decorated our library with giant crayons and put up the students' work on all the walls. Drawing seven foot crayons took a minute, so even though Drew is gone, those decorations are staying up all year long.
The really nice thing about Drew's visit is that it was so easy to pull off. And that's thanks entirely to the absolutely amazing people at Avid Bookshop, our local independent book seller here in Athens, GA. I don't know all the details of what happens behind the scenes, but I'm thankful to have such an awesome resource in my town. If you get a chance to have Drew come speak at your school, GO FOR IT! You won't regret it.
Here are some more photos from the visit:
|Drew signing books|
|Drew talking to the students before reading his books|
|Green and Blue Crayon welcoming visitors to our library|
|Purple and Red Crayons are pals|