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June 2009, Volume 1, Issue 6

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Why Didn't I Think of That?

Great ideas from our fellow librarians.

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Tea Creates a Community of Readers

By Sharon Schwebach, Librarian
Tea Jr/Sr High School/Community Library

teacher's reading sign, Tea School/Community Library

Our English teachers recently went to a seminar on reading and at the same time I toured a school that did a similar reading program. Between the three of us, we came up with the idea of creating a community of readers by advertising what the adults in our school are reading.

In the past I have gotten lists of books that the staff are reading and cut corresponding pictures of them to attach to their lanyards. By giving all staff members a simple display sign - to be placed outside their door, or by their work station - we have created a community of readers.

We started this with our junior high staff in April. Outside every junior high teacher’s door they have their "What is Mrs…or Mr... Reading?” sign. We gave the principals and secretaries one as well. Every time they start a new book, they can add to the display.

The high school teachers have asked to be included in on this for next year. Our ultimate goal is to have the entire school staff participating, including the janitors, cooks, and coaches. I have even suggested to some who are "non-book" readers to put up magazines, newspapers, and trade materials that they may read.

Everyone reads something! It does not have to be books. Many of our staff have been taking AR tests with the kids. At the end of the school year we give out 100 Grand candy bars, attached to posters, and hang them on lockers for everyone who has read more than 100 points. Teachers are included in this as well. The kids really get pumped to see that their teachers are taking the AR tests too.


Douglas Middle School Students Use CARP to Evaluate “Fishy” Info

Concerned that her middle-grade-aged students were using Internet resources with little regard for their reliability, Mavis Schipman, middle school librarian at Douglas School District in Box Elder, wanted them to consider four criteria: accuracy, relevance, currency, and purpose. When she remarked that her plan was to use the first letter of each word in an acronym, a staff member looking over her shoulder- no doubt a fisherman - said that was an easy one: the letters spelled CARP. Mavis now hands to her students printed cards with an image of a fish in the background, on top of which is printed this legend:

C = Currency
A = Accuracy
R = Relevancy
P = Purpose

She tells the students if their resources don’t meet those four criteria, the information may be “fishy.” Great idea, Mavis, as well as another good example of collaboration between a school’s library and the teaching staff.


Box Elder, internet, school libraries, Tea


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