Books are exciting. They open doors to new concepts, adventures, and a whole world of ideas to be explored. Convincing kids that there’s more to books than what’s on the required reading list can be difficult. However, the key to turning kids back on to books and reading just might be within your grasp via your school library.All teachers have access to one of the greatest tools for encouraging kids to become excited about reading. That tool is the school library. However, it’s hard to encourage students to use the library if you don’t know what the library has to offer. Many libraries not only feature the latest books for kids, but they also feature media rooms, spaces for quiet time reading and studying, access to online resources, curriculum enhancement kits and resources for teachers. Block out a portion of your schedule and visit the library to see firsthand the layout of rooms, how books are arranged, what technical devices are available for your students, what the check-out process is for books, etc.While visiting the library, don’t forget to connect with the librarian. You may be surprised at what’s not only available to your students, but what’s also available to you as a teacher.By talking with your librarian you will not only become familiar with the operations of the library, but you will also have a chance to share what you’re currently teaching and ask for suggested resources to pass on to your students. On several occasions, you have pulled a variety of topic-related books from the shelf and placed them in prominent places in the library for students to browse and check out for further reference. In class, you can encourage students to head to the library to find a particular book related to the day’s lesson. Ask your librarian ahead of time to set some out or be prepared to show the students where to look in the library.As you start to learn more about the library, pass on what you’ve discovered for your students. If you’re excited then that will spread to your students. Try sparking their curiosity and then invite your librarian to come and share with your students. Use classroom sessions as opportunities to teach students about the school library. One of the most powerful ways to encourage kids to read is to share what you are reading and why you love to read.If your librarian isn’t available for a book talk, show your students a book trailer instead to spark their interest in past and current books. Book trailers are like theatrical trailers that can pull students in through their sights, sounds, and compelling narratives.Take your students on a tour of the library so that they feel comfortable in the environment and are more at ease visiting on their own. Encourage your students to visit the library often outside of the classroom. If possible, incorporate a library day into your lesson plan and make time to go to the library as a class. There are numerous ways you can motivate students to use the library’s resources through this time. For instance, assign group projects where students will need to find necessary books, media and other resources to complete the assignment. Another option is to hold a scavenger hunt in the library, which can encourage students to explore all sections of the library.If your students find the library a little overwhelming in the beginning, try creating an in-class library with a variety of books specifically tailored to your students and what they are learning in your classroom. Spend time each day encouraging students to browse this smaller library setting. Setting aside time to for in-class reading is a great way to encourage students to get excited about reading. This time can especially be used as an opportunity for students to read their recent picks from the school library. Whether it’s school related or just for fun, build reading time into class time. You can even use this time to read aloud to your students as well. No matter how you choose to incorporate reading into your students’ lives, make sure to keep the school library as the number one resource.Vijay Garg
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