School Library Month and Shelf Challenge 2016

Whoa! April snuck up on me! Since The Big of Makerspace Projects manuscript is due at the end of the month, I’m passing the #Shelfchallenge torch on to Kristi Taylor the new and awesome librarian at Lamar Middle School.

Shelf Challenge was started by Matthew Winner in 2012 as a way to celebrate School Library Month and spend a little time each day getting to know your collection. More info on just what the Shelf Challenge is and how to participate is located here.

Last year, I involved my students and let them participate in the Shelf Challenge. For them, it’s fun way to push reading during this busy testing season! Kristi has taken this up a notch and even gives you 5 ways to get kids excited about participating in the Shelf Challenge.

Plus, she’s made some awesome free printables you can download and print here! I printed her poster and bookmarks for my display @ryan_library!

One of my awesome student aides even 3d designed a bookmark holder just for this challenge!

Kristi’s kids made an interactive display with Scratch and Makey Makey and it’s pretty rad. Read more about it here or watch the Youtube video below!

So what shelf will you read? Will you participate in the challenge? Even though April has already started, there is still time to sign up on this Getting Started Google Form or participate on social media channels. Go sign up today!

Great job on combining Makey Makey and books, Kristi! I’m glad Lamar Library is in great hands!


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