What began as just the seed of an idea flowered into three unique reading and technology workshops for seventh grade students from Boston Middle School. La Porte County youth librarians met with librarians and English teachers at Boston Middle School in December to discuss possibilities for collaboration. The result was an exchange that saw increased use of library materials and enrichment opportunities for 50 advanced students.
Our first reading workshop was led by Sarah White, Continuing Lecturer of English at PNC. Ms. White gave a presentation on what makes a good book review, and then students wrote their own reviews of the library books they had read prior to the workshop. These reviews will be posted to the Library’s new teen blog in the coming months.
The second session involved teaching students to use bitstripsforschools.com, a new program which allows anyone to make their own comics online. Students created comic panels based on memorable scenes from the books they had read. Pictured above is one student’s interpretation of Bethany Hamilton’s Soul Surfer.
Our last workshop was a Google Hang Out with YA author Donna Gephart. The Library provided copies for all students to read her book How to Survive Middle School, and then students were able to virtually “meet” her and ask questions about the book. She included a screen capture of our visit in her latest blog entry.
What can the Library do for you? Our librarians love collaborating on new projects to create unique educational opportunities. Call us at 219.362.7128 or email us - let’s talk ideas!