Inspired by the speed dating scene in New York where single people met potential dates over a brief, timed conversation and ranked them, speed dating books is a way for students to quickly put their hands on several books in order to find one of interest.
To kick off each semester, my students speed date books.
WHEN BOOKTALKS AREN’T THE ANSWER When students used to come to the media center with their English classes to select a book for an outside reading, I would usually give booktalks.
If I shared a dozen books and half of them were actually checked out, I was happy.
Speed book dating rotation, give each student 60 seconds every rotation, and 30 seconds to answer Book Speed Dating questions.
It’s always great to have students think a program is fun, but it’s an added bonus when that program gets books into their hands that they really enjoy and actually finish.
For the rest of the period, students would browse the stacks in search of a book, find one quickly, and then sit down and chat with their friends until the bell rang.
We may repeat this process between five and ten times depending on student interest and the time of year.As each class came in, they took a chair, wish list, and a pencil. Many students began talking about the books and writing them down.When the activity was done, my library clerk Debbie and I showed them the book trailers on tablets.As friends are made and suggestions given, participants will have a gift pen and notepad to write down what they’re learning and make a reading list for the days to come. Smyrna Public Library is located at 400 Enon Springs Rd. Eagleville Bicentennial Public Library is located at 317 Hwy 99E in Eagleville. Linebaugh Branch Librarian Carol Ghattas says: “It’s a fun way to get to know new people in our community and share a common love of books and reading at the same time. MGL Library is located inside Patterson Park Community Center at 521 Mercury Blvd.
So this year, we set up a large circle of chairs and put random books from the carts on each chair. They could read any part of the book (cover, summary, first page, back, etc.). I had all my 8th graders (120 students) come on Tuesdays and all my 7th graders (120 students) come on Wednesdays.