Ideas for the National Year of Reading

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Last Wednesday, the 16th of November, was the Public Librarians of Victoria Network Conference.

The main topic up for discussion: what to do for the National Year of Reading? Here are some great ideas that the participants on the day workshopped together!

SHP BASED TOTALLY AROUND BOOKS AND READING, WRITING AND ILLUSTRATION, WORKSHOPS, AND BOOK GIG!

Intensive festival/ Holiday program:

  • Book gigs/ theatre – use local theatre groups of Vic Youth Theatre
  • Writing Workshop (examples Paul Collins)
  • Illustration workshop (examples comics, manga)
  • Book Production (examples cover designs)
  • Book Selection evening
  • Competitions

Mini festival

READING TREE

Families:

  • Members of the family’s favourite books
  • Favourite books on display for each person in a family tree

Make a tree/ Use a tree in a pot:

  • Find an author you like
  • Than other books you like that are similar (series, authors, books)
  • Use a leaf as a star review system

Children’s Area:

  • Wall pictures/ image of a tree
  • Branch for different books
  • Children put up authors on the tree, pictures of favourite characters, etc
  • Write on a leaf why they like/recommend a book
  • Different size leaves for grades/ genres or themes
  • Make a special reading corner

Favourite/ comfortable reading areas:

  • Use tree to start conversations about ‘where do you like to read?’

Use the image/ symbolism of growth, strength to start creative writing from a seed to a story:

  • How does it develop?
  • Grow?

What a tree does:

  • A forest, filled with: crime tree/ mystery tree/ romance tree, etc

Environmental issues:

  • How we need trees, different species of trees, uses of trees, etc

THEATRE IN THE LIBRARY

Theatre:

  • Students from local secondary schools
  • Workshops over the school holidays
  • Culminating in a performance for the public

LOCAL SOURCING

Contacts:

  • Database of local contacts
  • Using local contacts
  • Database contacts for state-wide access
  • Finding contacts

AUTHORS/PRESENTERS

Issues:

  • How to entice writers/presenters to travel
  • Issues for regional and outer suburbia
  • A database of author’s who a willing to travel regional

BRANDING

National Year of Reading:

  • Using National Year of Reading branding to make activities more visible and use this as an enticement
  • Would add funding
  • Also a draw card for the presenters

COMMUNITY POST SECRET

Art and Writing community project:

  • Originated with an idea from an American artist, Frank Warren, who asked for ‘secrets on a postcard’.
  • A secret (funny, sad, moving, happy secrets, etc)
  • Have the community do their own post secret
  • Have them displayed in the library
  • Alternatively there is ‘six word memoirs’

YA READERS VOTING FOR FAVOURITE BOOK/ SERIES (WITH WINNERS IN A FEATURE DISPLAY)

Suggest books:

  • Have an already established shortlist
  • Creative ways to vote- posters, old fridge, car doors, etc
  • Cork Board – with suggestions/ questions and post-it notes for people to make direct response/ dialogue
  • Utilise skills/ skilled people in the community
  • On-line pdl/ questions of the day (multiple choice, yes or no)
  • To suggest books/ series or not

Favourite Aussie authors

Encourage diversity in reading by asking reading question ‘where do we find Dogmatix’?

Can we invite author of ‘winning series’ to speak to kids

Postcard size/ bright colours appeal to YA (involve local artists)

Display:

  • Movable/ wheelie display
  • New copies/ multiple copies
  • Posters
  • VCE students illustrate winners
  • Sandwich board (6-12 year olds) ‘shiny things’.
  • Ask readers what stands out for them ‘display stuff’
  • Junior Fiction and young Adult Lego display

ARE WE THERE YET?

Book reviews from elsewhere (Australia wide)

Vision:

  • All over Australia/ National approach
  • Tactile/ Braille bersion of Alison Lester’s book
  • Postcard design – development competition and postcard exchange or electronic postcards
  • Music- local artists, the Paul Kelly approach
  • Film- short film competition based on theme
  • National Year of Reading – stamps with Australia Post
  • Book Buskers- read the book/ sing the book, book gig
  • Are (Librarians) There Yet?  – Teen/ Kids focus groups, social media stories
  • Travel – Kid’s take photos of reading in unusual places around Australia, most unusual travel experiences

READING PROMOTION/ SHARING BOOKS

Grandparents to grandchildren book sharing:

  • Same book discussions
  • Linking in with Seniors Week
  • Grandparents presenting with grandchildren on series like Deltora Quest (monthly)
  • Grandparents Day story time, classic picture stories (Devonshire tea)
  • Senior Weeks- write Grandparents own story (by the grandchildren)

Youth Week:

  • Lock in a date
  • Library choir- librarian opening day
  • ‘off the shelf’ – a family launch or book swap day

Getting a celebrity to promote ‘their’ reading

  • Panel- mayor, Authors, local MP

FAIRYTALES – REWRITING

Workshop with writer/ author

  • Choose your own adventure tales
  • Rewrites

SHP:

  • Read, summarise original, act out (theatre production), rewrite
  • Rewriting from the perspective of thew perceived villain/ monster
  • Exploring mythology of the monster

Urban myths:

  • Reinterpreting in a ‘real’ urban setting
  • Graveyard tours/ storytelling as inspiration for story writing
  • Local historians telling ‘real’ gruesome tales

Empowering girls:

  • How can you help yourself?
  • What ifs
  • Paper bag princess
  • What is a princess? What qualities would a modern – day princess possess
  • Deconstructing traditional stereotypes

Boy’s version:

  • What is it to be a hero?
  • Notions of bravery and chivalry

CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS
Travelling story:

  • Multiple and continual writers
  • Author beginning a story then others contribute (travelling around library)

Portrait of a stranger

  • Photographic competition
  • Snapshots of local communities
  • 24 pictures in 24 hours ‘what your day is’

Decorating clothing

SHP adapting fairy tales

  • 15 kids per workshop
  • script writing
  • puppet show performance
  • What would snow white look like today?

Video trailer competition on youtube (book trailer)

BILINGUAL BOOK MAKING

‘For parents and their younger children’

Target Group:

  • Existing playgroup
  • Bilingual story time group
  • Prep group
  • Children before school?

Find a story:

  • One story
  • Individual stories
  • Themed
  • Family literacy (what is the story they want to tell?)

Artists/ Partnerships

  • Translators
  • Working across councils

Thank you again to all who participated. We hope this offers some ideas for your Library next year.

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