In November, our four junior high schools hosted Neal Shusterman for an amazing author visit! His “presentation” was student-centered and student-driven–they asked questions they were dying to have answered and he gave thought-provoking answers.
One way we prepared for his visit was to choose Neal Shusterman Read-Alikes as our monthly Books and Bites theme. Our public libraries’ teen librarians visited over the lunch hours, and we all talked books to eager students.
Yes, I should have posted this a long time ago, but it’s never too late to read a great book!
It just occurred to me that this week is the third Books and Bites of the year, and I have not yet posted any Books and Bites galleries.
Books and Bites is a collaborative program with the teen librarians in our community. They visit both of my schools one day per month, and students come during their lunch hours to hear themed booktalks. They leave with a bookmark to reference the titles talked and others on the same theme.
So I guess I will start with October’s featured books. Every year the theme is horror/scary books, and every year we have a sell-out crowd 🙂
Note: Approximately six books are shared at each session. Some books are shared with eighth graders only.
The last Books and Bites of the year is always a giant commercial for the summer reading programs at our twin-city libraries. Both teen librarians explain how their reading rewards work, highlight the programs they offer, and hand out flyers. This year, the statewide theme for Illinois is “Paws to Read,” so we also talked some animal books. A great time was had by all 🙂
Today, the local teen librarians and I welcomed 60+ middle school students to the library for a lunch filled with giggles, snorts, and bathroom humor. I admit I must take credit for sharing both the “poop” book and the “fart” book. I guess I’m working with the right age group 🙂