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Share the Gift of Reading

Share the Gift of ReadingTraci McKeonPleasanton Public SchoolsPleasanton, NE

PurposeTo generate excitement for reading during the Holiday Break from school, some little elves and I wrapped nearly 300 library books in Christmas wrap and then right before break I let my students check them out. As the stacks of books grew, so did the excitement and by checkout day I had nearly 100% participation in the project!

Disclaimer :)First let me share that I work in a small library in a rural area. The population of the town is 342 and is nearly 100% Christian. On Wednesdays after school nearly all of our students go to one of 3 neighboring Christian churches for religious education and games, snacks, dinner, etc.This project can be modified so that it is not for Christmas if needed, but this works well for me and my school.One great suggestion I had for modifying this was to wrap the books to look like animals and put them in a nest or a dog bed and calling it Teachers Pets! Or you can just wrap books in pretty paper to celebrate Book Week

STEP 1: Select BooksNotify all staff they need to stop by the library and pick some books.Minimum of 1 book per staff member. Include lunch room workers, paras, janitorial staff, office staff, etc...Help staff members find their favorite titles.Keep a checklist to track who has been in. Put a sticky note on each book or pile of books to track who chose them.

STEP 2: Purchase and Prepare SuppliesEach book will need a blank barcode label attached to the outside in order to check it out to the student without them knowing the title or author.Prepare a barcode label for each book (hint: cut off title while wrapping)Buy or gather wrapping suppliesChristmas paper, tape, markersI set the date for a small party for a group of volunteers to help with the wrapping. I asked several 7th/8th grade students and our Circle of Friends Group to help.

STEP 3: Wrap and StackHave a party and wrap all the books!Each book needs:Wrap (I precut LOTS of squares in various sizes)Save 1 roll for use as neededTape (1-2 rolls per table)Scissors (1-2 pair per table)LabelTo: YOU From: Staff Members' nameAttach correct barcodeCan add secret codes in the corners (B/G) (age/grade)Stack the books according to grade/age levels

STEP 4: Checkout DayEnsure proper books are under the tree as each class visits.Bins/Totes work well for quickly moving books in/outGather students around and explain the projectLet them choose books CheckoutWatch for obvious mismatchesHINT: I do not allow the students to open books in the library!Some teachers make them take the book home before unwrapping. Can make a small note explaining the project to send home

STEP 5: WHAT!!? Im supposed to learn from this?#1 Accepting a "gift" gracefully

The book might be one you would never have chosen for yourself. You have to read it anyway (or at least 2 chapters of it)

#2 Create a relationship

Have a conversation with the staff member who chose the book to thank them or find out why they picked it.

I dont get to keep it AND I have to READ it?

Questions? Comments?Contact me:Traci McKeonPleasanton Public Schools308-388-2041tmckeon@pleasantonbulldogs.org

THANK YOU!