In an effort to further promote reading, the ABC has added a new component to its Library Programme, called Book Blurbs.
The Book Blurb programme is intended to cover a range of reading objectives through the promotion of student written book recommendations.
In using this new system we hope to support students in achieving the following literature related goals, while promoting reading school wide.
1. Identify genre preferences. 2. Reflect and report on reading. 3. Justify responses to literature. 4.Read independently. 5. Identify, enjoy and appreciate
books. 6.Actively search out books which are appropriate to interests and learning needs. 7. Use personal reading experiences to form opinions and recommend books.
To participate, students will need to fill in a special form, available in the LRC, and place it in an envelope on the inside cover of the book they are recommending. It's that simple.
Book Blurbs will continue all year long. The forms and envelopes are available at the circulation desk for student use. A copy of the form has also been placed on the Library websites, for easy access from home.
Of course its easy to think up a new program. Promoting it and maintaining momentum is, of course, another story. In the Primary School Book Blurbs is running initially as a competition for students, which has placed it in the limelight. Speaking to students about it in assemblies and through daily messages, as well as encouraging them to use the system when taking out or dropping off books, should hopefully help as well.