Celebrations in the Media Center
Programs, Parties, Rewards and Events
Celebrate Reading All Year Long
- Bingo for Books - give prizes that include books ordered with Scholastic dollars, gummy worms, bookmarks or other reading themed gifts.
- Movie and Popcorn - select a movie to show that is based on a fun book book. I try to find movies that are not too long and that are more recent. Some ideas might be Gruffalo, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, or Arnie the Donut.
- Bouncing for Books - rent a bouncy house for the day
- Puzzle Palooza - gather different types of puzzles such as floor puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles and computer based puzzles (World Book has a bunch of them).
- Game Day - gather board games for students to play and give them hot chocolate and cookies
- Breakfast with Champion Readers - give students reading medallions and have them come to the media center during the news. While watching the news give them donuts and juice. Highlight the top 3 readers on the news.
- Popsicles in the Pirate Park - give students popcsicles and extra play time on the playground or a nearby park.
My Favorite Celebrations and Programs
- Bubble Gum Day - first week in February. I have collected many book about Bubble Gum for the library and we chew gum during media and kids bring a quarter donation to pay for the gum. It is also a fundraiser to buy more books.
- Gingerbread Friends in the Library - my Gingerbread Fun Pinterest Board. I read latest Gingerbread stories to students and use a Gingerbread man scavenger hunt for young students to learn their way around the library. I also use the Library Gingerbread Man book to help second and third graders learn about the Dewey Categories.
- Storybook Character Pumpkin Contest - my Storybook Pumpkin Pinterest Board
- Legos and Literature (Legos in the Library) - I held a fun Lego Literature competition during our book fair. Judges assessed the projects and awarded the best projects Book Bucks to the book fair. There are many other Library and Lego activities found on my Lego Pinterest board.
- Read Across America/Dr. Seuss's Birthday - this is my Newsletter from last year celebrating Read Across America. I do a Book Swap, Dr. Seuss Trivia on Socrative, a school-wide dress up week, and take Seussies. My Dr. Seuss Pinterest Board.
- Birthday Book Club - each month we send home the permission slips to students who have birthdays. We feature the students on the morning news and they student donates money or a book to the media center. We put student's pictures in the monthly newsletter and hang them in a display in the media center.
- Reading Challenges - Students read within a genre or type of literature. Then they take AR tests to show that they have actually read the books. To qualify for the challenge, students must read within their ZPD (reading range set by STAR Test) and pass the AR tests with a 70% or higher. Students are awarded brag tags to signify they met the challenge and their names are shared on the news.
- Book Swap - my Pinterest Board on Book Swaps and Exchanges. I've done this for the past 3 years with great success.
- Literacy Fair - my Pinterest Board on holding a Literacy Fair. I have yet to hold one of these fairs in the media center, but used to do it in my classroom. There are some great ideas to add technology to the fair presentation choices.
- Dot Day - my Pinterest Board on Dot Day. I read the books and put creative books on display. This year Epic had the books on their site during the week of Dot Day.
- Book Tasting Event - below is a how to video on setting up one of these events. You can also host a Speed Dating with a Book event or for the younger kids Musical Chairs with a Book. All of them give the students a quick look at a book to see if they would like to read more.
- Summer Reading - we participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge each year at Palencia. I award prizes to the top readers from each grade level. During the media at the end of the year, I give students their usernames and passwords and show them all the fun activities that they can do on the Scholastic website. There are many summer programs to choose from. Here are more ideas on my Summer Reading Pinterest Board. This is the Summer Reading Edition of my newsletter.
Celebrate Literacy Week Florida
A Plethora of Programs, Innovative and Engaging
World Read Aloud Day Registration and Activity Pack
Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. World Read Aloud Day 2017 will be held on Thursday, February 16th. Find out more at by Clicking Here.
Evening Events Presented by Michelle Lindsey at FAME
- Spooky Story Time
- Camp Out at the Book Fair
- Bingo at the Book Fair
- Building Better Readers
- Ornament Extravaganza
- Mystery in the Media Center
- Poets Cafe
Send us your "Elfies!"
Celebrate What You are Learning!
-Hour of Code - lessons in computer programming with Lightbot in celebration of Computer Science and Programming Week December 5-9. In addition there is a holiday coding and game site called Santa Tracker. The two coding games we learned are Code
Lab and Code a Snowflake.
-How to Read a Newspaper and Accessing the St. Augustine Record
-Gingerbread Story Fun
- The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray Author's website http://www.lauramurraybooks.com.
- Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett Author's website http://www.janbrett.com/index.html.
- The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers and The Ninjabread Man - Students will compare Gingerbread stories and compare characters and endings. In addition they will tour the media center with help from the Library Gingerbread Man and learn about magazines, the library search catalog computers and the computer lab.
- Pictures - Do they appeal to you and do they make the story better?
- Plot/Theme/Subject - Does the topic of the story make you think or teach a lesson? Do you and other children like the topic of the story?
- Characters - Can you relate to the characters? Are the characters funny or appealing in some way?
- Author/Illustrator - Does the author have a reputation for good books? Do you like other books by that author?
-Media Center resources that can be accessed from the Pirate Cove Website (Media Center Website)
- Destiny Library Catalog - Dewey Decimal System
"Library Celebrations & Reading Promotions" Throughout The Year!
ALA/AASL's Took Kit for School Library Media Programs
value of school library media programs and library media specialists in the 21st century. CLICK HERE
Celebrate by Highlighting Ebooks!
PES students and families have access to 1700 e-books to read via MackinVIA. Some books are interactive, some can be used as a read aloud, while others are simply a standard book to be read online. Click the links below the book covers to read the e-books we have about Christmas. Username = Student # Password = pirates. Click the linked words for additional books about Christmas and Hanukkah.
- SSYRA Ice Cream Sunday Party - read 5 to get invited, each book after 5 is an additional topping
- Recipes for Reading - party with SSRYA books featuring food and activities
- Posters of Students - Readers are Leaders
- Battle of the Books - grade level, school wide, district wide
- SSYRA Literacy Fair - school/district wide competition
- Charming Rewards - Necklaces, Charms, Brag Tags and Certificates
- Get PTO to Feature the Books on their Facebook Page or other social media
- Have a Reveal Party at the start of the Year - invite teachers, give prizes and food
- E-books - indicate on a Bulletin Board, Newsletter or Display when the Ebook is available
- Book Talk Bookmark competition
- Skype with Authors of SSYRA Books
- Vote by Having County Supervisor of Elections come to the school
- Design a T-shirt each year as a reward
FAME's website with resources for SSYRA and SSYRA Jr. They have certificates that can be printed and other ideas for rewards.