Along with many schools around the country, we celebrated World Book Day last week on Thursday 1st March, and managed to squeeze in our celebrations just before the snow hit Berkhamsted! Both libraries were full much of the day with classes coming in to share with us their favourite books and play a few games associated with reading and learning.
Firstly, we asked everyone (including new members of staff) to tell us about their favourite books on a postcard. There was a prize in each class for the best cards – we judged on the basis of the work put into each card in terms of best review, best reason for liking the book, and best decorated card… Each student undertook this task diligently and put a lot of themselves into their cards, as can be seen by the photographs below:
We then played a word game in which old words not used in common parlance any more were matched to their modern meanings – it was felt that we could bring a few of these back! It was heartening to see some of the students think hard about what the meanings could be.
We had also lined up a game to test students’ knowledge of ‘Textspeak’ (those abbreviations which we all use, but on the surface look meaningless!), which went down really well. This exercise gave some students the chance to enjoy themselves when they wouldn’t usually, with books around! Sometimes it’s hard to remember that reading isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, unthinkable though that may be, to most… I think some of the students learnt a thing or two from us librarians during that session!
Finally, when we had time, we asked students to interview each other about what they were reading which was absolutely lovely! It’s always great to see young people enthuse about what they’re reading and sharing it with others.
We had a great day, and are already looking forward to next year, but will clearly be carrying on the good work with the other things we plan and do, with reader development in the meantime.