Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Passive Book Club Display

Michelle Veeneman at Belleville Library in Belleville shared this idea with me. If you don't have time to run a book club at a specific date and time, create a passive book club display. You have multiple copies of a book (audio versions too) along with non-fiction titles related to the theme or read-alikes. The display also includes an activity which can be  take-home or something kids can do at the Library. Activities can include a simple craft, how to draw an animal or character, word searches, coloring pages, and crosswords.

We started our passive book club in September with The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. The display included that month's chosen book and non-fiction titles about gorillas. The activity was a gorilla mask. We also had an almost life-size picture of a gorilla similar to this display. We did not have enough  space to do a life-size gorilla. 
This month's theme is penguins and Antarctica. The book is Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater. Kids can do the math literacy activity Roll and Draw a Penguin from Teaching Heart Blog. My awesome assistant Wendy created life-size penguins so kids can see how they measure up to an Emperor Penguin.

The response has been great. We are promoting our collections and books. People are checking out books which is the main point of programming. Instead of hosting a program for a few, we are able to reach everyone who visits the Library.

1 comment:

Sarah Cournoyer said...

This is a fabulous idea! It's always great to hear about display and passive programs promoting reading that are adaptable and successful.