Celebratory Bookmarks

Happy thursday! Quick resource to share today that makes a great passive programming station at your library or fun addition to your classroom or birthday party. I’ve created a set of celebratory bookmarks that include: Anytime Birthdays Reading Seasons New Year / Noon Year Valentine’s Day Independence Day Back to School Additionally, there are a few printable activities located after the bookmarks. Finally, I’m available to personalize or create something just for you. If you have an idea in mind simply reach out to me and we can make something happen! Celebratory Bookmarks (free to download here) They are also available on TeachersPayTeachers. Have a wonderful day. Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Read and Win

Teachers, Librarians, and Caregivers, Every summer there are numerous reading programs available for students but what is available the rest of the year? Outside of what’s happening in schools that is. First of all, check with your local public library! There are usually plenty of fun activities and programming happening for people of all ages. Second, check with the pro and/or pro-am sports teams in your state (or nearby) to see what they have to offer. For example, in Minnesota, the Timberwolves offer Read to Achieve: Minnesota Timberwolves – Read to Achieve This program offers students the ability to to win a prize pack (if the deadline is met). The prize pack includes a poster, bookmark, Timberwolves drawstring backpack, and a ticket to a Timberwolves game during the current season. Third, if you happen to have these businesses within your community (or close by), offer your students the following opportunities Chipotle! Reading is FUNdamentally delicious with their easy logging system. Readers are rewarded with a free kid’s meal. For this program your school or library needs to apply. BOOK IT! with Pizza Hut This long-withstanding program (started in 1984) offers readers rewards in the form of certificates and/or food. Your […]

Winter Break Bingo!

Teachers, Librarians, & Administrators (of elementary students), Are you looking for a fun way to promote reading and writing this winter break? Check out: Winter Break Bingo Simply print, discuss, and pass out to your students. There is an optional second page with the prompt of “Draw a picture of yourself reading.” Encourage your students to complete as many boxes as they can and return it after winter break so they can share everything they were up to. If they need an incentive, go for it; and, if you’re looking for personalization, message me! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez Per usual, this resource is also available on TeachersPayTeachers and please let me know how it went over!

Book Clubs and Discussion Guidelines

Most educators and librarians are familiar with book clubs. They are an excellent way to get young people and adults discussing topics with one another and there are a variety of successful ways to go about implementing them. In general, I find using books that are nominated for different awards to be a great list to work from if you’re looking for quality books within different categories. Many students are only familiar with current publications and those used within curriculums. Therefore, it can be fun to create a book club based on all the winning or honor books within an award category. This gives students a focus yet introduces them to novels they are unfamiliar with. Look for an upcoming post for more information on book awards! Once you have the list of books and the participants comes the true work of the book club. I’ve found  the two most important aspects of the physical meeting of the book club to be: Sitting in a circle Using the book discussion guidelines provided by the CCBC Sitting in a circle, whether this is around a table or not, gives all participants the ability to be included and have a direct vantage point of […]