Thursday, June 30, 2016

Calendar of Reading Promotional Events

Fellow graduates of UNI's SLS program recently received a great newsletter highlighting some of the work of Teacher Librarians in Iowa. For those IASL members who aren't UNI grads, we wanted to pass along some of their work!

Like many teacher librarians, Nicole Guldager found that reading programs that are based on extrinsic motivation and restrict book choice diminish interest in pleasure reading. To help teacher librarians build excitement around reading, Guldager compiled a list of 31 reading promotion events for elementary schools including Talk Like a Pirate Day, World Kindness Day and Comic Book Day. Although many reading promotional ideas are shared informally through emails and blogs, a clear and annotated calendar of pleasure reading promotion events did not exist prior to Guldager’s master’s research project.

An article explaining the need for reading promotion efforts and summarizing the calendar of events was co-authored by Guldager, Dr. Karla Krueger and Dr. Joan Bessman Taylor and published this month in Teacher Librarian. Guldager graduated with her MA in School Library Studies in 2015 and is currently the K-12 Media Specialist for the GMG Community School District in Garwin, Iowa.

We are especially excited about Nicole's work, as the IASL board has been working to create a calendar of education and library related events here on the blog. Click on the Calendar tab above to see what we have so far.  Please send suggestions for additional events to Chelsea Sims.