Whew! I have been working on the California Read-a-Thon off and on since last November and it's actually over. That feels pretty strange actually. It went okay, not great. I had images of hundreds of California schools participating, students filling libraries on a Saturday, and teachers and staff joining in to promote literacy and reading. The reality is that 11 schools signed up, a few didn't do anything, and I got my assistant and a few students in to read.
Okay, here's some thoughts about why it didn't go as well as I had hoped:
- Some schools are on spring break this week
- Many schools in California don't have librarians
- Many schools in California just laid off their librarians
- Spring is a crazy busy time of year
- Exhausted students and staff aren't willing to give up a weekend
- I modeled it on the Dewey 24-hour read-a-thon and that works great for book-obsessed bloggers like myself. Perhaps all the tech (blogging, Mr. Linky, etc) was too much for overworked folks
Here's ways I think I can make it better next year:
- Hold the event in the fall (October?) when we're all still fresh or have it correspond with Read Across America (March 2)?
- Maybe hold it in an afternoon/evening
- Make reporting in easier (no library blogs?)
But, there were some cool things that took place at the schools that participated: students wrote reviews, librarians collected lists of SSR books, at one school everyone dressed up as their favorite book character and the whole school read at the same time. I had students come in on a Saturday to read.
Anyone have any suggestions?
On to completely different topic: I saw the podiatrist and don't have to have surgery! Whooopeee!
Later today I get to hear my daughter read poetry at our local art museum then we're going to the stage show "Hairspray"!