As you visit the library, you may have noticed the display on the wall outside: "Take the Challenge!" "Read Without Walls!" You may have even read the comic "Comfort Zone" created by Gene Luen Yang for The School Library Journal and reprinted by permission. In that case, carry on with planning what you will read to meet the challenge.
If you haven't read it yet, follow this link to find the four page comic online (just click through the pages) and see what all the fuss is about. Which challenge will be easiest for you? Which more...well, challenging?
This summer I plan to read A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman. It's set in India, describes some Indian food, and includes some Hindi words, so it definitely meets the category for "a person who doesn't look or live like me," since I don't speak any Hindi and have only eaten Indian food a few times. That might change this summer. It also meets the category of "a topic I don't know much about," since the main character is a competitive-level dancer in Bharatanatyam. I'm not especially athletic. The back of the book tells me she's injured in a bus accident and has to have a leg amputated. Now we're really into a topic I know almost nothing about. I want to grow my understanding of what it's like to adjust to a major, life-changing accident. Finally, it also meets the third category of "a format I don't usually read," because it's a novel in verse, where each chapter is a new poem. I've read a few (Booked, by Alexander Kwame springs to mind) and enjoyed them, but not many.
I plan to read more than just one book this summer, and I plan to work at reading outside my comfort zone. I'll post my picks here. You can stay tuned for other teachers' plans to Read Without Walls as well. Start thinking about how YOU can meet this challenge!
You may have heard the buzz around campus - the library is open for use! Every student from a class that has taken the tour and done the orientation is now allowed to come in before school, during break, or after school with classroom or after school teacher's permission, as long as there is not a class visiting the library.
One of the first parts of our orientation is that the library is not perfect yet. We don't have everything unpacked. We don't have barcodes on the books to make checking out quick. Sections may be moved between one visit and the next, because more room is needed for one thing or another. But the good news is that students can visit this year instead of having to wait until next year!
We are winding down the borrowing phase of library use. All the books need to be returned before the end of the year so that over the summer they can all be given a barcode (so that next year, checking out is quick!), and so that we'll know what's checked in and what's checked out. Several students have asked about a "holds" section such as in the public library - this could work out if we get everything into the system. Help make this happen by bringing back books!
If you still want to come in and browse books in the library (and your class has taken the tour and you have teacher permission and the library doesn't have a class visit going), yes, please come in and browse, or make suggestions about books you'd love to see added to our collection! Come in and read with a friend! Come in and share your plans for the Reading Without Walls challenge!
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