Currently Reading

I can’t remember which library magazine I got this from (sorry, I can’t give you credit!), but I so totally stole this idea.  I create a flyer using Canva to design and Pixabay for my image.  I personalized one for every teacher and staff member at my school (thankfully we have a relatively small staff) and printed them in color.  I then laminated them so that they could use dry erase markers to write what they are reading and wipe them off when they need to update their selections.  I put the finished flyers in their mailboxes and sent out the following email:

I’ve placed a currently reading flyer in everyone’s boxes (see sample attached). If I’ve missed anyone, please let me know and I’ll make you one!

What I hope is that you’ll display this in/outside your classrooms and write on it using dry erase marker (so you can change it out frequently) with what you are reading. This can be books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, …whatever! This is so students can see that teachers are reading, too, and hopefully start a dialog around what you are reading.

You can find dry erase markers in the attendance office – I recommend the “fat ones” which only require a Kleenex or paper towel to remove and not the vis-à-vis ones as those require water to wipe off!)

Thanks for your help in promoting literacy here at WSHS!


We will see who takes me up on the challenge and if it starts any dialogs!

Currently Reading Flyer

Currently Reading Flyer

Trick or Treat (with a book)

Just a quick note to share our October display/reading promotion.  It is called Trick or Treat with a Book and was “stolen” from Nampa Library.  Our library clerk found some cute reversible paper at Walmart and between us we selected titles we thought were appropriate for October/Halloween for her to wrap.  Like Nampa she added question marks; however, as the first batch quickly disappeared, she began adding more creative touches!  The most recent ones had witches, trees with rotten apples, black cats, ghosts, etc.



Blind Date with a Book

On February 1st, Wagener-Salley students were greeted with a new display – Blind Date with a Book.

How it works: Students are asked to use the “dating” profile on the heart to decide if they want to take a shot at a date with the mystery book.  They were warned that by choosing to date one of these books they were agreeing to write a review of their date.  They have to read at least 2-3 chapters before they give up – and must still provide a review for why they didn’t like their date (hence why they gave up on it.)

I finished creating the display before going home Thursday, and Friday morning after only 2 hours the display was practically empty.  It was completely empty by 2:00 pm Friday!  Now, I just have to wait for the dates to be over and the students’ dating reviews!

I first heard of this display/program on the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) listserv.  Then saw this awesome post by librarian Rachel Montgomery, Teen Librarian at the Mooresville Public Library (Indiana) and was truly inspired by (and borrowed) her display’s dating profiles.  Since I didn’t have very many of the same titles, I put out a plea to some of my colleagues and Cathy Nelson came through with enough fill in profiles from previous SC Young Adult Book Award Nominee titles that I was able to create the above display.  If you want to see more photos of the display, including a close-up of one of the mystery books, you can find them on my Flickr site: