Category Archives: Library Resources

Making the most of your BOOK FAIR

I have just held my fourth Scholastic Book Fair and WOW! What a success! We are a K-6 school and have around 420 students. We sold just shy of $6700 at this last Fair which blitzed last year’s sales total by over $800! My consultant is continually surprised with our sales and is always asking “So, what are you doing to get such good numbers?”

At first my response was “Um, I don’t know…” But after discovering that not every school is making such good numbers, I really got thinking seriously about the answer. Continue reading

Motivating Students to Read

A hot topic for primary school library staff has been (and most likely always will be) how to motivate students to read. No doubt there are many fabulous ideas out there that people have implemented. I was fortunate enough to inherit a fantastic program from my predecessor when I took over this position in 2012. The program has stood the test of time, having first been introduced in the school over ten years ago. The former teacher librarian would see students who achieved in the classroom or on the sport’s field acknowledged with awards at assemblies and, in her own words, she wanted “readers” to have their moment in the sun and make reading cool to the school community.

And so she developed the Radical Reader program. It is aimed at fostering a love of reading Continue reading

Review of Library Blogs

Welcome to all my followers! So far, the feedback I’ve received about the blog is that it’s a great idea. I’m so happy to be creating something worthwhile and of interest to my fellow information specialists (whatever your official role may be!). Hopefully, I don’t disappoint!

So, onto my first real blog post! The first request I’ve received since promoting the blog is for a list of the other library blogs I mentioned in my initial post. So I thought it would be a great topic for this post. Below is a list of the most helpful and practical blogs with a primary school focus Continue reading