Takin’ it to the peeps: Reader Feeder

IMG_1786-0Eighth graders are so busy!  “I don’t have time to come to the library” is a common refrain, so my colleague and I created two Reader Feeders, and placed them in the Humanities classrooms. To introduce them, we did a 20-minute short-and -sweet book talk, with projected book covers.  Cindy and I struggled to hone each book synopsis to 3-4 sentences, allowing us to cover 40 books during part of their Humanties period.  (Thank you Mrs. Exley and Mrs. Elliott!)  We chose books we could honestly get behind, but ones we were willing to take out of general circulation for a few weeks.  Think Lone Star or other award winners from a year or two back, a classic, a biography, a bit of nonfiction and some wonderful books that were overlooked on the shelf.

Not many of the books are checked out, but teachers report students pick them up to browse or read at the end of class.  Keeping track of the books is still a work in progress, but we haven’t lost any yet, and there have been a few checkouts! I’ll be glad to share the logistics – just let me know if you want details!


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  1. This sounds like a great idea and a good way to let kids know about books they may be interested in. Hopefully it also helps them start checking out more books. Good luck!
    Middlebury Elementary Library
    Middlebury, CT

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