Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Digital Citizenship Month

October is Digital Citizenship Month and the library's theme this year is Back to the Future.  We will have a traveling technology museum for students to view and we will be focusing on using technology while maintaining our digital citizenship best practices.

 As part of Digital Citizenship Month,  Mrs. Jackson will  be offering Overdrive Digital Library training classes so  students can learn how to use and enjoy Overdrive digital books and audiobooks. The classes will be offered before and after school and students must make a reservation and bring a device in order to attend.  Parents are welcome!

The dates are:

Tuesday, October 13th at 3:15pm

Friday, October 16 at 7:15 am

Monday, October 19 at 3:15 pm

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:15 am

Students need to sign up in the library. More dates will be made available as needed. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Importance of Self-Selected Reading

I have long been a proponent of self-selected reading even before I became a librarian.  It has just always made sense to me that children are much more likely to read a book they are interested in rather than forcing them to read something they simply have no desire to read.  I have applied this premise to my own reading life.  I often put down books because they are not appealing to me.  And sometimes I realize I am just not in the mood to read that genre.  I might pick a book back up at a later date and really enjoy it.  

Middle school students are not any different even if they can read at a higher reading level.  Middle school is the time to make pleasure reading a habit because soon they will be thrust into a world where required reading becomes the norm and pleasure reading is a distant memory.  However, if they discover the joy of reading now, perhaps that joy will linger even as they toil through required classics that they find both disagreeable as well as more difficult to understand.

Research does suggest that when students choose books they want to read, they are more motivated to read which in turn causes them to become better readers.  Why force a child to slog through a book they hate when they will speed through a book they love?  So as educators and parents, let's encourage our children to read what they like and not worry about the reading level or quality.  If kids read what they like now, they will be able to read what they need later.

Just my thoughts...