Speed Dating with Books!
Are you ready to make a love connection and to hang out... with a good book?
So, I've been inspired lately by a lot of amazing teacher librarians who have written about doing this lesson or some kind of variation (resource links below) and though they sounded awesome, they were too much work. Decorations, tablecloths, candles, writing activities, dating profiles on Good Reads, Shelfari, LibaryThing, or Shelfari -- so being naturally enthusiasticaly indolent, I wanted to find a quick & dirty way to get kids looking at books, checking out books, and moving around the library. Voila! This is my version. Think Chuck Woolery cheezy love connection with a dash of Marvin Gaye! How YOU Doin?
Hot Set Up!
Take a book cart and shop for some hot books around your library media center. That's right, be deeply shallow and choose books that have the most attractive covers, are hot popular, and just plain fun.
Get graphic: why not make up a table of graphic novels & popular non fiction selections for our informational readers? Have some of your media helper or frequent flyer kiddos pick their faves and pile them loosely on your tables. Standing a few up. Grab twins wherever possible, multiple copies of the same book, that way you have backups or friends can read the same book or.....double date! [obvious wink] You're welcome!
Laminate some butcher paper book covers with cuts out on the back for bar codes! I made just four. Choose a few books, write short provocative blurbs on oversized post-it notes and rubber band em up! (I deliberately chose books I had several of copies of that I hid on a cart- so that if they were checked out I didn't have to do all the work over again - pop in the next copy! Boom!
I wrote a fun, silly, cheezy, (you've met me, right?) tongue-in-cheek script with the directions for this activity set to the INSTRUMENTAL version of Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye, set the Love Time Bomb for 1 or 2 min and Booya! Sometimes I read the script live with the Marvin Gaye track going on in the background & and sometimes I play the recording and pantomime the directions in a goofball exaggerated way! (saves the voice, too! LOL)
Set the love time bomb and let the kids go! No sitting down - to find true love you have to be quick on your feet & ready to pounce on the right book! During the 3 or 4 activity rounds you can also play Love Boat Theme by Barry White.
I also said to the kiddos to motivate them, that for the first 5 kids who check out books first they would get a special holiday candy cane scratch & sniff bookmark and could hang out in our READING LOVE LOUNGE! The last round the kiddos can go anywhere in the library to find that "just right" book and then-- in the space of about 15 min almost every kid has a book & they're all smiles!
I recorded the script & activity directions on Vocaroo - a fun, free, easy voice recording site that requires no sign-up and gives links, embed code, and a QR Code!
Vocaroo is great! You can also download the MP3 to play in your iTunes! Much easier than using Audacity for quick recordings!----1/15 UPDATE: Downside to Vocaroo - it expires! So, I guess you only have it for a year. So the cool intro I recorded for the kiddos & this blog no longer works, Womp womp!
Love Time Bomb
Have you discovered the classroom timer collection? Too fun! Animated & sure gets their attention!
Not in the Mood?
To the kiddos: "Don't want to check out a book today? Not in the mood? It's ok if you're already in a committed relationship - I don't want you to cheat on the book you're already reading! You also don't have to check out a book today if you're not ready to start a new book relationship! I'm not about to force you - I just want you to see what's out there! It's all good!" LOL
Resources & Inspiration
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