We had a lot of fun last Thursday, 2nd March, when celebrating World Book Day! In our libraries, we put up a display such as this one showing teachers and librarians reading on one side of each picture and then on the other side, we were holding up the books which are currently grabbing our attention. The displays attracted many visitors as they passed through, on their way to their study tables and computers!
We also welcomed classes into the libraries where they played two reading games and were asked to complete cards telling us what they like to read, which are their favourite books and what they are reading at the moment (their ‘Writes of Passage’, if you will, which we are still taking cards for).
The first game we played was called ‘Crossed Lines’ and was taken from the National Literacy Trust’s website. We chose a few first lines from really good novels we found in the libraries and then started off a chain of Chinese whispers, loved by boys and girls alike. We used Charles Kingsley’s The water babies, Patrick Ness’s A monster calls, David Almond’s A song for Ella Grey and Meg Rosoff’s Picture me gone at the girls’ school which worked really well. The titles we read from at the boys’ school were The curious incident of the dog in the night-time (Mark Haddon); Peter Pan (J M Barrie); Stormbreaker (Anthony Horowitz) and To kill a mockingbird (Harper Lee). This was a sure-fire way to demonstrate how stories evolve with the telling, and how to listen properly! We enjoyed watching the children’s faces as they were trying to understand how to pass on a simple sentence.
Our second game was ‘Reading Chairs’, the idea for which, again , was borrowed from the National Literacy Trust’s website. This time we took the children back to the party games from their younger days and played what, in its previous incarnation, was know as musical chairs! A librarian or teacher read from the beginning of a book and each time he or she stopped reading, a chair was removed from the library. Whilst everyone was rather competitive, we did manage to maintain a sense of decorum! The winners received a creme egg…
A good day was had by all, indeed, we carried on the next day since we’d enjoyed it so much!