Reviving Reading: School Library Programming, Author Visits and Books That Rock! (Paperback)

School Library Programming, Author Visits and Books That Rock!

By Alison M. G. Follos

Libraries Unlimited, 9781591583561, 143pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2006



Drawing on her long experience as a school librarian, the author uses this middle school library programming book to help you promote free voluntary reading through innovative workshops, staff training, collection development, and collaborative curricular planning. Her goal: to revive the enthusiasm for reading that is often lost by the middle school years. Her recommendation: creative library literacy programming designed to pique flagging interest in reading for pleasure. Chapters focus on how to use the school's calendar and curriculum to get the time needed for the focused program as well as ways to manipulate budgets, get grants and other monies to build a strong literature-oriented program and collection. One chapter focuses entirely on how to get faculty to become readers of YA and children's literature in order to become models for their students. Other programs discussed are author visits, book fairs, whole school reading programs, journaling for readers and many more. Also included is an annotated bibliography of great reads. Grades 4-12.

About the Author

Alison M. G. Follos has been the librarian at North Country School in Lake Placid, New York since 1989. She has worked as the private librarian for an entrepreneur and written feature articles for regional and national publications. She is a contributing book reviewer for School Library Journal and has published numerous articles on school library programming. Alison has served on her town's public library board, the Lake Placid School Board, and the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton School Library Systems Council of New York. She lives on the AuSable River in the Adirondack Mountains of New York with her husband and their dog.