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Making Trivia Masters: Using Trivia to Turn Students into Explorers

A woman looks for a book in the stacks.

A few months ago on Programming Librarian, I talked about asking a trivia question as part of your passive programming. Now, I've taken it a step further to create a Trivia Master Challenge that encourages students to search the library’s catalog, explore our nonfiction section, and learn how to search successfully within a book.

Not Just for STEM Class: Makerspace Programming & English Language Arts

A human figure made out of popsicle sticks with clay and a balloon

As librarians, we are passionate advocates for makerspace programming. We share with teachers and students how makerspaces engage and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our school library has supported many makerspace programming events, from Makerspace Monday to our monthly Makerspace challenge.

ALA’s Sara Jaffarian Award Presents - Tales of the Crypt: Danville’s Living History Night

Tales of the Crypt: Living History Night brings back to life “gone and forgotten” persons of historical importance in their community and state. Through the cultural and historical preservation of an old cemetery, and by learning about the people interred there, students gather data and transform the information into a historical reenactment for an eventful night. Learn more about Tales of the Crypt.

Everybody Has a Story: Creating Cultural and Historic Preservation Programs with Impact

Everybody has a story. Each person is unique in their background and what they bring to the world. Culture and history are part of this uniqueness. While schools teach about endangered species and our effects on the environment, we don’t always look at other endangered aspects of our world. Students enjoy learning about the people who are invested in cultural and historic preservation, because everybody has a story and these stories are making a difference.

Video Game Club

Video game controller

Video Game Club (VGC) is a club that meets biweekly in the library, with 60 members who show up at various times. We let the students pick the games they play, as long as they are pre-approved by myself or the other librarian.

DIY Terrarium Workshop

succulent plants in a glass vase

As part of a weeklong series of programs to celebrate National Library Week, The Bunn Library hosted a DIY Terrarium Workshop during lunch for faculty, staff and students. Participants created small succulent gardens to decorate their desks, workspaces or dorm rooms, and relished in the opportunity to take a break from the stresses of the day to dig around in the dirt and create something.

Reading Friends Tutoring

Reading Friend with student

Reading Friends pairs student volunteers and retirees with young students to help them learn, and love, to read. Young and older readers meet weekly to enjoy books together. The work continues in the summer as Northern Waters Learning, recruiting adult and junior/senior high students to read weekly with students who struggle with reading.

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