It’s the first day of the 6th annual James Hargest Library Week …. and it’s time for me to launch myself on the world. Well, the library world anyway, hopefully.
And what a start to Library Week it has been! I’m a big believer in collaboration of all types and once again, my Hargest Book Club guys have been a great team to collaborate with. I’m constantly amazed, though never truly surprised at what these young people can come up with. After arranging them into groups with specific responsibilities, they have organised Dress Up Day (a highlight of every Library Week), quizzes, competitions, displays and posters. I quite literally couldn’t do it without them.
A new dimension to our Library Week this year is an activity being run through our English Department and coordinated by the wonderful Kerri Sullivan, English teacher extraordinaire. This is as simple as having students fill out a visual book template which begins with the statement You’ll love this book because ….. Students will be encouraged to finish the statement for their favourite book. At the end of the week Kerri and myself will compile the best ones and create a poster of student-recommended reads which will be put up in the library for students to look at, and hopefully help them find other good reads for themselves.
While setting up Library Week can take quite a bit of work, the pay-offs are well and truly worth it. This can be the single most important marketing tool you can create within your library and your school. It is a way of bringing students into your library who might not otherwise come, gives you an opportunity to invite staff who might not normally visit. It creates a buzz that you might find difficult to sustain or even replicate at other times of the year. And it may just give you the impetus to have those conversations you’ve been wanting to have with key members of your management team.
What do you have to lose? If you’re not already, why not start planning your first library week today. Here’s just a few ideas to get you going http://www.lianza.org.nz/resources/promote-libraries/other-ideas
If you already have Library Week firmly on your school calendar, I’d love you to share your top activities to inspire others to get started. That’s what we school library flock-mates do!