Process County Home School residents were surveyed as part of June 2011 booktalk Print surveys were put into Survey Monkey tool by Step-Up intern Hennepin County Library staff who participate in booktalks program were surveyed in June 2011 PowerPoint of most popular books during school year compiled by Marilyn Johnson, Outreach summer 2011 Step-Up intern
Survey of booktalkers How many times have you booktalked at County Home School? 1 5+ 13% 31% 2 25% 4 6% 3 25%
Survey of booktalkers How would you describe y our experience booktalking? Poor Okay Good 0% 0% 18% Very Good 27% Excellent 55%
Survey of booktalkers How of ten do y ou use t he list of suggested t itles to choose books? Never 9% Always 27% Sometimes 64%
Survey of booktalkers How of ten do y ou use t he database of previous booktalks? Never 18% Always 55% Sometimes 27%
Survey of booktalkers Whic h of these is t he greatest obstacle in preparing for booktalking at CHS? (c hoose one) Lack of training in booktalking Finding fiction of 0% interest to CHS Finding materials students which are not Other 18% restricted 18% 0% Finding materials with at least six copies Not enough time 9% to prepare 55%
Survey of booktalkers Whic h of these is t he most problematic when booktalking at CHS? (choose one) Other Students are 9% disruptive 18% Distractions in the classroom 27% Students act uninterested 46%
Survey of booktalkers Wit h less students at the County Home School t han in previous years, s hould HCL continue to booktalk monthly? No 9% Maybe 27% Yes 64%
Survey of booktalkers Do y ou like having student choose from list titles or should t he booktalker c hoose which titles to present? No opinion No reponse Let booktalkers 0% choose 9% 9% Let students choose 82%
Survey of booktalkers Did you use any book trailers in your booktalk? No 0% 27% Yes 73%
Survey of booktalkers Do y ou feel t hat book trailers improve t he booktalks? Yes 36% Maybe 55% No 9%
Survey of booktalkers Would you recommend to colleagues that they booktalk at CHS? Maybe No 0% 0% Yes 100%
Survey of booktalkers Which statements best describe why you booktalk at CHS? (choose up to three)60.0%50.0%40.0%30.0%20.0%10.0% 0.0% I believe in I enjoy I enjoy I enjoy I get personal I enjoy the I know the I get to use increasing booktalking booktalking working in a and positive booktalks skills I often access to outside of the in front of a team with a professional reaction I get have tangible do not get to library library teen colleague enjoyment from CHS results / use in my materials for audience for making a residents outcomes regular job CHS positive residents contribution
Survey of booktalkers When do you read the books you use for booktalks? On work time 10% On my own time 90%
Survey of booktalkers: suggestions Continue to recommend new books that might be of interest to CHS residents. umm, make me less nervous? Unless you have a magic wand that erases stage fright, I think they are good as is. The time commitment is definitely substantial, so it would have been nice to get more off-desk time to work on my book talks, but thats probably not possible. Have booktalkers complete a short report following each visit that gets shared with other booktalkers so that we get to share experiences and best practices, as well as titles/authors they are really interested in.
Survey of booktalkers: suggestions Combining the smaller classes. It would be great if we could get the booktalkers together once a year to share ideas, book that worked, etc. I think that a lot of what we learn and use carries over to working with other patrons. Somehow figure out how to have more time during the work day to prepare the booktalks.
Survey of booktalkers: suggestions Sub funds – It’s increasingly difficult schedule-wise to be able to go. Prepare the students more so they know how to behave and have a sense of what to do. Recruit more booktalkers so we could all go in groups of three.
Survey of CHS residents About how many booktalks have you seen at County Home School? 0 12+ 9% 1 17% 9% 6 4% 4 2 4% 35% 3 22%
Survey of CHS residents How would you describe t hese booktalks? not so good 0% dont like them 8% great 34% okay 33% good 25%
Survey of CHS Residents Whic h of these things do you like MOST about t he booktalks (Choose no more t han 2)? They are different They are than regular educational They choose all school types of books 5% 12% 20% They are entertaining 25% They are interesting 38%
Survey of CHS Residents Whic h of these things do you like LEAST about the booktalks (Choose no more t han 2)? They are not They don’t interesting It takes too long choose 10% to get the books interesting books 19% 19% That we can only request a few That we can only titles have two books 16% out 36%
Survey of CHS residents Hav e you read books you normally would not have read because of these t alks? No 27% Yes 73%
Survey of CHS residents During t hese presentations, we should: No response 9% Cover MORE Cover FEWER books/give LESS books / give detail MORE detail 77% 14%
Survey of CHS residents What type of books do you like to hear about most? No response 9% Non-fiction / true Fiction / made-up stories stories 48% 43%
Survey of CHS residents What types of f iction would y ou like to hear more about? 50.0% 45.0% 40.0% 35.0% 30.0% 25.0% 20.0% 15.0% 10.0% 5.0% 0.0% Fantasy Graphic novels Horror Mystery Romance SciFi Teen Fiction
Survey of CHS residents What types of nonfiction would you like to hear more about? 60.0% 50.0% 40.0% 30.0% 20.0% 10.0% 0.0% Art Biography Health Music Poetry Religion Self Help
Survey of CHS residents Whic h of these things do you like best that the booktalkers do? let us choose use book trailers which books to 31% hear about 29% read sections from the books 12% let us examine let us participate books in some way 19% 9%
Survey of CHS residents: comments more urban books bring books about food More interesting books Booktalkers need to stand up more Booktalkers need to move around more Show more fantasy, romance, and horror Have peers/teenagers do booktalks More energetic presence.
Next steps / recommendations Share results with CHS teachers Ask CHS teachers to share results with students Share results with HCL booktalkers, and later all HCL staff
Next steps / recommendations Booktalkers could Create opportunities for present their experiences audience involvement and what they’ve learned within the booktalks to to other colleagues to keep students actively recruit more booktalkers engaged booktalks. and gain support for the Respond to audience program. cues and adapt Choose more books that presentation style and reflect the interest of content accordingly to CHS students based on maintain interest. survey results. Suggest increased teacher intervention with disruptive behavior.
County Home School evaluation compiled by Angel Gardner, Outreach library school summer 2011 intern