November 8, 2016 – The Library Media Services Department of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) recently implemented several different programs to promote reading amongst students. Many schools participated with creative crafts, contests and new resources, all with the goal to generate excitement about reading and literature.
The Hort Elementary Library celebrated “Talk Like a Pirate Day” by reading Pirate-themed books and having a school wide Pirate poster contest. The Harding Elementary Library held a contest with the tagline “Are You the Next R.L. Stine?” The students were encouraged to submit their best “scary story” while trying to write like the famed author.
At Harris, students had literature themed dress-up days, lunchtime activities and contests. The teachers encouraged each student to set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reading goals. During recess and lunch time, the students participated in several contests, including design a bookmark; create a comic strip display; library decoration hearts, amongst others.
Curran Middle School students enjoyed the newest addition to their library, an iPad Genius Bar. Students can use apps or take AR quizzes using one of the five stations located at the circulation desk.
Many of the library staff district-wide read to their visiting classes, modeling fluency, introducing vocabulary and creating an exciting reading environment to promote a love for reading.
The goal of the program is that with each student that participates, they will have a renewed joy of books and reading.