So I kick off my spring break this evening, reflecting over our library’s plans to celebrate Poetry Month and School Library Month.
Dorman’s Planned April Poetry Month Activities:
- Spine Poetry – Students may use library books to create spine poems. We will take a picture and display them in the library.
- Chalk Poems – Students may get chalk and write original poems; these will be displayed outside the library doors.
- Blackout Poetry – Students may get a page of text (from torn, old, or discarded books), and using a sharpie, blacken out lines of text, leaving some words clear, which when read together make poems. These will displayed in the library, along with a photo of the student author.
- Poem in Your Pocket Day – students will be encouraged to collect poems to have available for Poem in Your Pocket Day. The library staff will be in the cafeteria Thursday, April 24 to ask for poems during all three lunches. Those who produce poems will receive coupons with QR Codes. QR Codes will reveal a prize they can redeem in the library (pencil, bookmark, free book, Cavalatte Coupon, fine forgiveness, etc.)
- Poetry Picnic Book Club during lunches Wednesday, April 23. For this lunchtime book club, students will be asked to bring their own lunches, but meet on the patio outside the cafeteria. We have asked that students be allowed to leave class five minutes before their lunch to allow them early access to lunch before lines form. We are meeting on the cafeteria’s patio, a popular lunchtime hangout, where we will have reserved tables for the lunch book club. We are thinking other students seeing us enjoy books at lunch might draw them in too. I suppose it’s a marketing ploy.
Waiting to hear…
All we need (and have asked for, though certainly not a deal breaker if denied) is administrative permission for a five-minute early dismissal for book club members that are in DHS 2nd block classes.
April is School Library Month too! We want to celebrate this by using each of the remaining TUESDAYs during lunches to spin a wheel for library related prizes. This will be the ONLY opportunity for the rest of the school year for students to get fine forgiveness. The prizes are as follows:
- Free book
- Fine forgiveness
- Treat (penny candy)
- Mystery Prize (coupon with a QR code and students have to figure out what they won, but these prizes will be an assortment of double prizes (i.e. bookmark & free book or items we’ve accumulated from freebies at conferences etc.)
Our silver lining and best selling point for permissions: NOTHING has a cost to Dorman or the library.