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An introduction to school librarianship
An introduction to school librarianship

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3 Elevating reading to a special status

It is understandable if students, amid the expectation of daily reading in lessons, occasionally perceive the activity in a negative way. However, by elevating it to a special status – that is to say, encouraging students to view the activity in a new exciting light – you can generate interest and help create a reading-rich culture in your school. Author events are a prime example of how to stimulate such interest in books, especially amongst younger readers, many of whom may never have encountered anyone famous before. Although these events may be infrequent, perhaps taking place just twice a year, they never fail to create a buzz throughout the year groups present.

Throughout the rest of the year, you may wish to focus your efforts on projects of a smaller scale. For example, you can share authors' blogs, podcasts, or YouTube interviews, all of which offer quick and inexpensive ways of lending books a bit of celebrity cachet. In the same way, hosting themed library events to complement book launches or using signed books as competition prizes all help make reading that little bit more special. You may even wish to promote books that have been adapted into movies or TV shows, taking advantage of their popularity and spotting trends amongst your students. Associating books with their film and TV counterparts reminds children that reading is not a chore, but an activity which has the potential to open up new worlds of their imagination.

To think more about this topic, watch the video below where Nick offers further thoughts on how you can give reading a special status throughout your school. After you have done this, complete the activity, reflecting on some of the events you have held in your library and how they have elevated the status of reading.

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Activity 4

Timing: Allow approximately 20 minutes

Consider some of the events you have arranged to promote your library and its collections.

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Now that you have chosen some examples, pick one to evaluate. For example, was it a success? If so, why? If not, why not? Would you do anything differently next time?

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