I have recruited Junior and Senior High students as Library Advisors and Reading Mentors. We had our first meeting this past week at lunch time. They brought their lunches and I brought desserts. (Man, can they eat a lot of desserts!)
Library Advisors are focusing on getting more popular junior and senior high materials in the library. They will be helping with ideas for integrating technology especially iPads and eBook Readers. On their own initiative, two of the high school students have specifically set a goal of getting more high school students using the library and have already done a quick survey to determine what materials, programs and services will appeal to them.
Reading Mentors have each given me a period where, on approval from their teachers, they will be available ‘for rent’ (as one student phrased it) to elementary classrooms for one-on-one, small group and whole class reading and reading promotion. They are eager to spread the love of reading and to try to use their built-in idol-status as older students to communicate the importance of reading in their lives.