“Bad Libraries build collections. Good libraries build services (of which a collection is only one). Great libraries build Communities”
I had never heard of R. David Lanks or his book Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World until hearing Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer, speak at the Hamline Summer Literacy Institute this summer.
During Miller’s presentation, I furiously took notes and I swear I held my breath – I didn’t dare exhale, for fear I would miss something she said.
I was inspired in so many ways as I listened. Looking at my notes nearly four months since the Literacy Institute and I am reminded of the question that haunted me that day.
What are we willing to do this year at Buffalo High School to create and sustain a community of readers?
Here is the “to do” list for 2017/2018 – as of today, I’m sure it will grow and change over time.
Create opportunities for BHS to read as possible. No more last day to check out. Allow students and staff to check out books over the summer. Have a few days a month where the library is open and people can bring back books and check out new ones. The risks are worth the benefits. As Miller said so eloquently, “Losing a book vs. losing a reader.”
Book talks on the announcements once a week, possibly Wednesdays as that is our Free Uninterrupted Reading Time day. Should be random readers – administration, custodial staff, students, teachers, coaches, Buffalo area community members.
“To Read” list out to help students book shop. We underestimate how much students struggle to find books that they are interested in.
Read Aloud Events- we do not age out of these.
In addition to F.U.R. (Free Uninterrupted Reading) create a time where students can meet to talk about books.
When ordering books consider Mirrors, Windows, Sliding Doors – WeNeedDiverseBooks.org
Create a space where all readers are valued and where all reading is valuable.