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Summer Reading Book Clubs

Professional Development for Librarians, Summer 2012

Humanities New York

on 19 June 2013

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Contact the principal.
Speak to teachers during their staff meetings.
Talk to school librarians.
Find out if kids can get school credit. Welcome! Topics are subjects that don't always lend themselves to dialogue or differing opinions. Topics are usually narrow and are best explored through learning more (not through discussion). Confront your big idea in a meaningful way.
Keep your attention even after you've finished.
Have "snag points" – places that made you think or ask for other opinions.
Invite different points of view.
Have compelling characters that kids can relate to.
Have characters of different genders, ethnicities, and perspectives.
Would be interesting to compare to each other. What is a meaningful discussion? Big ideas give the conversation purpose, focus and continuity.
The group uses the books to explore big ideas together. (When you miss a session, you miss a piece of the puzzle.)
Exploring big ideas unites the group and turns them into a community of readers.
Big ideas lead to meaningful discussions. Whom do you most want to reach?
What age group do you want to work with?
What makes you want to bring these kids together?
Is summer reading a good fit for these kids? Why them? Why here? Why now? What do you think kids want to talk about?
What ideas do you think will be important to them?
What books do they want to read?
What do you hope kids will get from conversations about this idea? What's the difference between a topic and a big idea? Themes (big ideas) are complex ideas that invite discussion and debate about important issues in life. People understand the meaning of themes through dialogue and exposure to other points of view. World War II
Science Fiction
Books into Movies Happiness
What is a leader? Great Books Write short, open-ended questions that allow kids to interpret the book in their own ways.
Explore different aspects of the plot, characters, and style.
Connect the text to the big idea and other books in your series.
Invite kids to make personal connections to the characters. Let everyone have a chance to talk
Silence is okay
Read the book before you come 2. Set expectations 3. Ask good questions What is a successful discussion? Everyone participates by talking and listening. The group feels comfortable disagreeing. The conversation continues even after discussion ends. The facilitator guides the discussion without taking sides or talking too much. There is a "good vibe" in the room — it feels like a conversation between friends. Different perspectives are encouraged and discussed. Participants feel connected to each other. Participants leave with a greater understanding of themselves and others. The group leaves thinking about the conversation. Erika Halstead
(212) 233-1131
nyhumanities.org/together Getting the Word Out The Library Local Schools Community Organizations Tips Talk to the kids you know. Ask them to invite their friends.
Share information at other library programs.
Post a flyer in the front entrance or check-out desk.
Advertise through your newsletter, website, or Facebook page. Look for community organizations that work with your target age group.
Churches and places of worship
After-school programs
Community centers
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Make personal connections (don't just hand out flyers)
Share your enthusiasm with potential partners
Ask friends and colleagues to share information with their networks
Go to where kids go! Ask questions that don't have right or wrong answers, or even a specific answer.
Don't assume everyone has read the same text the same way.
Focus on the places where opinions may differ (not on facts). 1. Plan ahead How will you begin the conversation?
What kinds of questions do you plan to ask?
What topics and ideas do you want to cover?
What will you do if discussion doesn't take off? Meaningful & Successful Discussions Enable readers to evaluate the texts from their own perspectives and with their own words.
Encourage participants to think critically and work together to build meaning.
Motivate participants to modify their understanding of books and the larger world in reaction to other responses. Allow participants to guide the conversation by forming their own questions.
Emphasize discussion among participants as opposed to with facilitators.
Encourage both close reading and personal response.
Encourage participants to continue the conversation outside the library. Summer Reading Book Clubs You want to create a community of young readers. You want to get kids thinking about the books they read. You want to connect with the kids who visit your library. You want to guide kids to certain kinds of books. You want to get kids involved in the library. You want to have the chance to talk with kids about what they're really reading. You want the experience of leading a book discussion. You want to lure kids
into an ongoing book club. Why host a summer reading book club? Thank you for waiting!
We'll get started momentarily. If you haven't already, please call in
to hear the audio portion of today's presentation:
code: 1725362 Your Presenters Karen Balsen
New York State Library Erika Halstead
New York Council for the Humanities What would a summer reading book club look like? Choose 3-5 books that share one big idea. What's a "big idea"? Books Why are big ideas important? How do you choose which big idea to talk about? Tip: Take a vote! Consider books that: Tip: Mix it up! Use picture books, novels, graphic novels, and books from totally different genres. Need ideas for teens? Check out the Explore New York Book List Summer Reading Theme: Dig Into Reading
Big Ideas: passion, being yourself, imagination Kids Choose an age range for your group Questions to ask yourself: Tip: Keep the group to a limited set of ages (e.g. 8-11, 15-18) Facilitator A facilitator is the person who guides the conversation Who should facilitate your book club? You? Someone else? You like working with kids.
You read a lot of books for that age group.
You love hearing what kids have to say.
You're willing to let them do the talking.
You have the time to prepare discussion questions. Look for someone who:
is open, friendly, and enjoys working with kids.
believes in the importance of talking about books.
shares your enthusiasm for this kind of literature.
excited about listening to what kids say about books.
has the time to devote to facilitating a book discussion. Tip: The best facilitators are skilled listeners - not always teachers or leaders. Building a Conversation Tip: Put chairs in a circle so everyone can see each other. Tip: Make sure everyone has name tags at every session. 5. Keep the conversation going Treat the discussion like a conversation between friends:
Listen with genuine interest. (You're there to learn, not to teach.)
Ask questions that make sense for the conversation already happening.
Look at the person speaking. Use their first name.
Avoid answering your own questions.
Speak last (sometimes not at all). Prioritize other voices over your own. Tip: Always take time to read a portion of the book aloud. 4. Break it up Give kids the chance to talk to each other.
Use short activities that will generate conversation about the book or the big idea. (Don't do activities for the sake of doing activities.) Invite kids to share their responses through their own talents -- art, writing, performing.
Ask kids to work on things at home.
Make it fun. (This is their summer, after all!) Tip: Close the conversation with something that keeps them thinking! Get in Touch! Karen Balsen
(518) 486-2194
summerreadingnys.org Summer Reading Theme: Beneath the Surface
Big Ideas: secrecy, independence, confidence Need ideas for kids? Check out the Explore New York Book List Resources Summer Reading Website www.summerreadingnys.org Together Book Club www.togetherbookclub.org/summer-reading/ Write Who's Eligible? Read Win a
free book! Any kid between the ages of 8 and 14. Any book from the Explore NY lists A book review using the TBC form Submit The review at the TBC website Summer Reading Book Reviews How it Works
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