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Winter Read & Feed

It's been two years since we've been able to offer our Read & Feeds, and students and teachers alike enjoyed the Winter Read & Feed on December 8, 2020.

What is a Read & Feed?

In a nutshell, teachers read and the library feeds. Students sign up to come to the library during study hall to listen to teachers read aloud their favorite winter reads. Teachers from all department areas volunteer their prep period time to come read to students and celebrate the holidays. The library provides popcorn, candy canes, and hot chocolate to all who attend.

Why a Read & Feed?

Ample research exists to show that teen readers benefit from listening to adults read aloud. We read aloud winter stories and various holiday tales, both teacher and student choice. And it's a fun experience to get students in the library for reading.

Who can attend?

Any student who has a study hall on the day of the Read & Feed. We make sure to schedule Read & Feeds so they fall on both A & B days. (Since the Winter Read & Feed was an A day this year, we'll make sure to have the Spring Read & Feed on a B day.)

What else goes on?

We read for about a good porition of the period, but then students are allowed to enjoy some time with one another playing games, reading independently, making use of the selfie station, and getting seconds. Students who attend placed their names in a drawing box for door prizes. Throughout the day, we gave away over 35 new books and book-related items (candles, jewelry, blankets, pillow, mugs, cups, etc.).

Check out the photographs below for visual details.

Makerspace Activity

During the short three weeks of December, students used the makerspace for chess and card games, but they also used the Silhouette machine.


Students and staff designed some cool holiday Ts using the makerspace Silhouette and our new T-shirt press. It was a bit of trial and error with the press, but we ended up with some pretty fun items.

Ornaments & Suncatchers

Students used the Silhouette to create and print out vinyl to make ornaments and sun catchers. Students painted the clear acrylic discs first, and then placed their silhouette vinyl on top. Ribbon or twine was added to make the discs hangable on trees or in windows.

Books and Policies in the Library

Don't forget to check your emails for coming due, due today, and overdue notices.

The 8/9 level is the first level to charge fees for overdue items.


Library Quick Stats (3 Weeks in December)

  • Books checked out: 620
  • Fav genres: graphic novels (110 checkouts); dystopian (72 checkouts) realistic (59 checkouts)
  • Whole class daily reservations: 4 days
  • Most checked out book (3 way tie): The Ugly Truth, by Jeff Kinney, Divergent by Veronic Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katy Kauffman, Digital Teacher Librarian

The mission of the Ankeny Library Media Program is to enable all students to be independent learners who are skilled users of information, and who appreciate literature and other creative expressions.
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