Sorry, kids, no books this week because I've been moving furniture to align with updated library reality. (Pictures of library coming soon!)
Disclaimer: I stink at being a Media Specialist ("You want a smart board, Young Teacher Whom My Sweater Predates? How about this lovely filmstrip projector?"); I reek less as a Librarian (have managed some instruction this year); do okay as a Readers' Advisor. Hence philosophy:
In an ideal world, I would be able to instruct students how to find books they like by themselves. I am here is to get the right book to the right child at the right time. Can't conference with each of 600 students each week, so need to configure the library so that good choices are staring students right in the face.
New project is to put themed sections scattered throughout the fiction section. By the Matt Christopher books, I will put a "Sports" section with a list of books as well as the books themselves. That way, if students are wandering aimlessly (as they often do), they might see a cover that catches their eye. I'm working on lists of spy books, Ancient History, horror, problem novels, humor, etc. I'll be glad to share these one they are done.
The most important thing is to keep students reading and enjoying books. This will make the library and books themselves do a little of the work!