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THE MAKE THEM OR BREAK THEM YEARS
ENGAGING READERS THROUGH THEIR TWEEN
AND TEEN YEARS

WITH

C AT H Y F I S C H B U C H
A LITTLE ABOUT ME

I took a long hiatus from reading through my teen
years, but still had time to read Asterix & Obelix
an...
G.S. LAKIE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Our school population is roughly 760 students in grades 6,7, 8.
60+ staff. The school is 10 year...
WHY THE MIDDLE YEARS ARE IMPORTANT?
http://usbornebooksgeorgia.blogspot.ca/2012/09/raise-reader-infogram.html
WHAT THE TYPICAL DAY LOOKS LIKE
LIBRARY DISPLAYS

Guess the reader? Contest
Staff covered their faces with books they’d read
from our library. Student had...
For those about to Rock – images and books all
Related to Rock-n-Roll
Fresh new titles to get caught up in.
Wordle representing everything that libraries are.
Went with “It Came From the Library Poster Contest”
Need ideas for your next bulletin board or would like to
share some of your great ideas, check out
http://schoollibrarydis...
FUN STUFF – PICMONKEY
IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY CAPTION AND
POSTER CONTEST
WORDPHOTO APP

Costs $2.00
TAXEDO
SKYPE

We skyped with various authors last year (no cost for any of them.) We also have presented
live webcasts through Sc...
BOOKTRAILERS AND VOKI
http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=ef8d5107
f5c866f6ced3cf&skin_id=701&utm_source=otm
&utm_medium=...
NOVEL STUDIES AND PROJECTS

Schooled by Gordon Korman – grade 7 novel study
Included tai-chi, tofu cookout, and tie-dying ...
READING OLYMPICS
DROP EVERYTHING AND READ – OCT. 22 / 2012
BOOK TITLE POETRY – APRIL IS POETRY
MONTH

What have you got planned?
READER’S ADVISORY
SELF-DIRECTED

Shelf talkers
READER’S ADVISORY
PEER-DIRECTED
DISPLAY + PEER DIRECTED BOOKTALKS

Adding value to the students library visit, trying to move students
booktalks beyond “i...
READER’S ADVISORY
TEACHER OR LIBRARIAN DIRECTED

I use this method of table talks quite often. I give a real quick 30 seco...
READER’S ADVISORY
CATALOGUE-DIRECTED
READER’S ADVISORY / BOOKTALKING

Costumes, props, and acting out sections of a book are always memorable.
READER’S ADVISORY / BOOKTRAILERS
Publisher supply great booktrailers , and most have their own youtube
channels. Check out...
READER’S ADVISORY
BLOG-DIRECTED
http://lakielibrary.wordpress.com/
http://www.glogster.com/cfischbuch/new-march-titles-for-our-library/g6ktopgt2q8i65g5jlee97a0
ADVOCACY
•

Keep a story file (mine contains read aloud pages) and be ready to share

•

Write a column in your school new...
JUSTIFY YOUR VALUE
IT’S NOT BRAGGING IF IT’S TRUE

Show them with stats.
http://www.mindomo.com/#edit/c751a64f8c2d43efb27f...
RELAX THE LIBRARY PARADIGM
OVERWHELMED
Start with one thing. Make sure it’s something you want to do – not a chore.
WHERE I WANT TO GO NEXT

The library as a Maker-Space

The library as the directors studio

The library as the venue for t...
PARTING IDEAS
I wish you a day of ordinary (library) miracles and little things to rejoice in…
Eight hands that go up to request the tit...
The make them or break them years
The make them or break them years
The make them or break them years
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  1. 1. THE MAKE THEM OR BREAK THEM YEARS ENGAGING READERS THROUGH THEIR TWEEN AND TEEN YEARS WITH C AT H Y F I S C H B U C H
  2. 2. A LITTLE ABOUT ME I took a long hiatus from reading through my teen years, but still had time to read Asterix & Obelix and Tin Tin. Our school library was very dated, had a librarian who had very little interest, and we did not have a scheduled weekly visit after Grade 6. So my link with reading pretty much disappeared (I was the student you have trouble with!)
  3. 3. G.S. LAKIE MIDDLE SCHOOL Our school population is roughly 760 students in grades 6,7, 8. 60+ staff. The school is 10 years old and was built for 600 students. I host 27 L.A. classes in the library each week.
  4. 4. WHY THE MIDDLE YEARS ARE IMPORTANT? http://usbornebooksgeorgia.blogspot.ca/2012/09/raise-reader-infogram.html
  5. 5. WHAT THE TYPICAL DAY LOOKS LIKE
  6. 6. LIBRARY DISPLAYS Guess the reader? Contest Staff covered their faces with books they’d read from our library. Student had to guess who’s who.
  7. 7. For those about to Rock – images and books all Related to Rock-n-Roll
  8. 8. Fresh new titles to get caught up in.
  9. 9. Wordle representing everything that libraries are.
  10. 10. Went with “It Came From the Library Poster Contest”
  11. 11. Need ideas for your next bulletin board or would like to share some of your great ideas, check out http://schoollibrarydisplays.blogspot.ca/
  12. 12. FUN STUFF – PICMONKEY IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY CAPTION AND POSTER CONTEST
  13. 13. WORDPHOTO APP Costs $2.00
  14. 14. TAXEDO
  15. 15. SKYPE We skyped with various authors last year (no cost for any of them.) We also have presented live webcasts through Scholastic - http://www.scholastic.com/livewebcasts/webcast_tips.htm Taylor Swift wowed them, Rick Riordan had them in the palm of his hand. Occasionally we showcase an author or illustrator during scheduled library time – http://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_krosoczka_how_a_boy_became_an_artist.html You never know, this might be the spark for one of them to become a great artist or writer.
  16. 16. BOOKTRAILERS AND VOKI http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=ef8d5107 f5c866f6ced3cf&skin_id=701&utm_source=otm &utm_medium=text_url http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=9bcf4273 7ebebf007a3697&skin_id=701&utm_source=otm &utm_medium=text_url http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=5305123&h eight=267&width=200
  17. 17. NOVEL STUDIES AND PROJECTS Schooled by Gordon Korman – grade 7 novel study Included tai-chi, tofu cookout, and tie-dying (in the library)
  18. 18. READING OLYMPICS
  19. 19. DROP EVERYTHING AND READ – OCT. 22 / 2012
  20. 20. BOOK TITLE POETRY – APRIL IS POETRY MONTH What have you got planned?
  21. 21. READER’S ADVISORY SELF-DIRECTED Shelf talkers
  22. 22. READER’S ADVISORY PEER-DIRECTED
  23. 23. DISPLAY + PEER DIRECTED BOOKTALKS Adding value to the students library visit, trying to move students booktalks beyond “it was good”. It has improved their presentation skills, they have a better understanding of character development, and an overall shift in understanding choices an author makes in stylistic elements.
  24. 24. READER’S ADVISORY TEACHER OR LIBRARIAN DIRECTED I use this method of table talks quite often. I give a real quick 30 second review and move on. Sometimes the books are theme related (above are survival books), sometimes non-fiction, skinny books.
  25. 25. READER’S ADVISORY CATALOGUE-DIRECTED
  26. 26. READER’S ADVISORY / BOOKTALKING Costumes, props, and acting out sections of a book are always memorable.
  27. 27. READER’S ADVISORY / BOOKTRAILERS Publisher supply great booktrailers , and most have their own youtube channels. Check out these sites. https://www.youtube.com/user/PenguinYoungReaders?feature=watch http://www.youtube.com/user/harperteen/videos?view=0 http://www.youtube.com/user/macmillanchildrens http://www.youtube.com/user/hmhbooks http://www.youtube.com/user/disneyhyperion http://www.youtube.com/user/TheScholasticChannel
  28. 28. READER’S ADVISORY BLOG-DIRECTED http://lakielibrary.wordpress.com/
  29. 29. http://www.glogster.com/cfischbuch/new-march-titles-for-our-library/g6ktopgt2q8i65g5jlee97a0
  30. 30. ADVOCACY • Keep a story file (mine contains read aloud pages) and be ready to share • Write a column in your school newsletter or PTA news • Feed your teachers exciting things you find on the web that will enhance the curriculum • Start a Language Arts team, share successes and failures • Start a blog • Hold an open house night or morning • Use your space as a showcase – not only for library or LA related subjects – science fair projects, history fair projects, art • Don’t be afraid to ask, what’s worst they can say? • Prove you know more than just books, become the go-to person • Work with a team – LA teachers, librarians, your great readers • Ask teachers / staff to do some of the reading for you • Kids first, everything else second • Share, collaborate, relax the library paradigm, think outside the box • Don’t advocate for libraries or librarians. Advocate for kids! Advocate for learning!
  31. 31. JUSTIFY YOUR VALUE IT’S NOT BRAGGING IF IT’S TRUE Show them with stats. http://www.mindomo.com/#edit/c751a64f8c2d43efb27f6ebc45324b2b Show them with pictures. http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/flicks/share/8834228 Invite them into your world
  32. 32. RELAX THE LIBRARY PARADIGM
  33. 33. OVERWHELMED Start with one thing. Make sure it’s something you want to do – not a chore.
  34. 34. WHERE I WANT TO GO NEXT The library as a Maker-Space The library as the directors studio The library as the venue for the next poetry slam The library as the world headquarters for the next Amazing Rac
  35. 35. PARTING IDEAS
  36. 36. I wish you a day of ordinary (library) miracles and little things to rejoice in… Eight hands that go up to request the title you’ve just book talked. A computer that goes for an entire day without crashing. A less-than-successful baking experiment taken to the teachers lounge, eaten before 10 am. A child asking for another book “just like this one.” Finding a "app" that saves you time. Watching a student successfully use the newest database to find needed information. A parking spot close to the school door. The principal saying a sincere thank-you. An unexpected larger amount on your paycheck or a smaller amount on your mortgage payment. A new book just published by your favorite author. A student who is actually concerned about the quality of his work. A dozen doughnuts as “thanks” for service above and beyond the call. A quick and pleasant response from a technician. Kids who want to help you. A teacher saying out loud in the lounge how much she uses the online tool you showed her. A human voice on the phone when you expected a recording. A student who wants to become a librarian when she grows up. A chance to show a tech-tip to a teacher who thinks you are a “guru.” A library with windows and sunbeams in the winter. A request to use the library for a meeting because “it is the most pleasant room in the school.” A smile of accomplishment from a student who shows you how to do something on your smartphone. A quickly-answered reference question asked by a teacher. A library aid you like and who likes you. A call from a parent thanking you for the information on your webpage. A student so absorbed in a book, he doesn’t hear the bell ring. A call from a parent about a lost book found while cleaning. A student who wants to hold your hand. Students who give genuine praise to each other.
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