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Big Talk From Small Libraries 2014: Character Quest: Book Club for Struggling and Reluctant Readers


Hope Decker, Director, Cohocton Public Library (NY) …

Hope Decker, Director, Cohocton Public Library (NY)
Partnering with the local elementary school, the Cohocton Public Library created a dynamic, fun, hands-on program for struggling and reluctant readers ages 6 to 10 years old. Readers were engaged and enthusiastic. Character Quest was based on graphic novels that a variety of ages and reading abilities would enjoy. The cornerstone was the hands-on activities that the Library developed to accompany the books. The goal was to have positive reading experiences and to get struggling readers hooked on a book series. An overview of the program, suggestions on community partnerships, and the 4 week plan will be given.

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  • 1. Character Quest Book Club for Struggling and Reluctant Readers
  • 2. Overview Character Quest is a book club developed to engage struggling and reluctant readers in high interest books with relatable characters. Readers will associate positive, fun experiences with books, so they will continue to read on their own. •Background of our town, library and the program •Character Quest Program •Pitfalls/Benefits •
  • 3. Cohocton Stats •Rural area in western NY state, 60 miles south of Rochester •Village of 800 people surrounded by farmland •Very few businesses (gas station, small grocery store, elementary school, wind farms)
  • 4. Cohocton Public Library Background • Founded in 1977 after the bookmobile crashed • Chartered to serve 1400 • Annual budget of $65,000 for everything! • 2011 moved from 800 sq ft carriage house to a 6000 sq ft store front
  • 5. Old Building
  • 6. New Building
  • 7. Summer Program 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 2013 Character Quest 2012 Expected Increase 2011 New Building Closed 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 •Morning and evening programs •Outside in the pavilion •Kids catch the bus after the program
  • 8. Met with principal •Very supportive partner! •Talked about ways we could work together •Came up with a plan together to have the Summer Reading Camp kids come up to the Library every day
  • 9. Challenges • • • • Different abilities Different interests Wide range of ages Getting kids here (walking in heat)
  • 10. Benefits • New library audience • No advertising/promotion necessary • Helpers • Supplies paid for • Actual data from school
  • 11. Primary Program Goals • Library’s goal: The children have positive (fun) experiences with a book so they will want to read more (in a series so they can find others like it) • School’s goal: help children who are in danger of loosing reading skills over the summer, retain or gain skills
  • 12. Library’s Secondary Goals • Partner with school • Increase our summer reading program numbers • Get new families to come to the library
  • 13. Partner: Lion’s Club • Literacy is one of their missions • Love to help locally, and new projects interest them • Always looking for guest speakers
  • 14. Participants • Grades 1 to 5 • Children who have been identified by the school as having a significant risk of loosing reading skills over the summer
  • 15. Program Structure • 10 to 15 Children walked up to library with adult teacher and 2-3 teen helpers (about 25 minutes at the library) • Each group met 4 days a week for 2 weeks • Those who finish the books on their own and bring the form back to the Library could claim a prize pack at the end of the program
  • 16. Program • Choose high interest, easy to read, and humorous graphic novels in a series with relatable characters • Babymouse (week 1) and Squish (week 2) by Jennifer and Matthew Holm • I would read the book aloud, while they followed along for 5-7 minutes, then the kids went to “stations” and did activities and crafts
  • 17. Station: Craft/Activity • 2 new crafts or activities a day
  • 18. Station: Activity Sheets
  • 19. Activity Pages • Book based activity sheets (Mazes, coloring sheets) from author’s web page or
  • 20. Other Online Resources from Publisher •Teacher Guides 9780375832307.pdf •Computer Games
  • 21. Station: Books • Rest of the books in series to quietly read/look through/review
  • 22. Station: More Crafts • Other unrelated crafts in case they run out of things to do
  • 23. Babymouse: Mad Scientist
  • 24. Facts about Babymouse • She loves cupcakes • She is messy and forgetful • Has a hard time keeping her whiskers straight om-babymouse-book-trailer#.Uw9v9uNdVvA
  • 25. Babymouse really LOVES cupcakes and is very messy
  • 26. iPad App
  • 27. New Babymouse App!
  • 28. Pipecleaner Babymouse
  • 29. Hershey Kiss Babymouse
  • 30. Play with Slime
  • 31. Examine Slime Mold Give the Dog Vomit Slime Mold a Squirt of Water
  • 32. Cupcake Bookmark
  • 33. Moldy Cupcake
  • 34. Decorate a Cupcake
  • 35. Foamie Babymouse
  • 36. Model Magic Clay: Your Favorite Treat
  • 37. Squish was the natural choice for the next book
  • 38. Squish: Game On
  • 39. Facts about Squish • Daydreams a lot (and is very imaginative) • Loves comic books • Loves Twinkies
  • 40. Amoeba Inspiration
  • 41. iPad App
  • 42. iPad Apps
  • 43. Microscopic Pond Life
  • 44. Microscopic Pond Life
  • 45. Amoeba Visor
  • 46. Amoeba Visor
  • 47. Amoeba Box
  • 48. Amoeba Box
  • 49. Watercolor Amoeba
  • 50. Watercolor Amoeba
  • 51. Amoeba Twinkie
  • 52. Amoeba Twinkie
  • 53. Bleach City
  • 54. Bleach City
  • 55. Squish Photo Frame
  • 56. Squish Photo Frame
  • 57. Prize: Read book and Return this form
  • 58. Conclusion • Pitfalls No one came into the library to claim their prize pack (nevertheless did have a few new families come to the Library) • Benefits to the Library • Benefits to the School • Benefits to the Kids Email me at to get the list of activities and copies of the instructions