Published on March 4, 2014
Character Quest Book Club for Struggling and Reluctant Readers
Overview Character Quest is a book club developed to engage struggling and reluctant readers in high interest books with relatable characters. Readers will associate positive, fun experiences with books, so they will continue to read on their own. •Background of our town, library and the program •Character Quest Program •Pitfalls/Benefits •firstname.lastname@example.org
Cohocton Stats •Rural area in western NY state, 60 miles south of Rochester •Village of 800 people surrounded by farmland •Very few businesses (gas station, small grocery store, elementary school, wind farms)
Cohocton Public Library Background • Founded in 1977 after the bookmobile crashed • Chartered to serve 1400 • Annual budget of $65,000 for everything! • 2011 moved from 800 sq ft carriage house to a 6000 sq ft store front
Summer Program 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 2013 Character Quest 2012 Expected Increase 2011 New Building Closed 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 •Morning and evening programs •Outside in the pavilion •Kids catch the bus after the program
Met with principal •Very supportive partner! •Talked about ways we could work together •Came up with a plan together to have the Summer Reading Camp kids come up to the Library every day
Challenges • • • • Different abilities Different interests Wide range of ages Getting kids here (walking in heat)
Benefits • New library audience • No advertising/promotion necessary • Helpers • Supplies paid for • Actual data from school
Primary Program Goals • Library’s goal: The children have positive (fun) experiences with a book so they will want to read more (in a series so they can find others like it) • School’s goal: help children who are in danger of loosing reading skills over the summer, retain or gain skills
Library’s Secondary Goals • Partner with school • Increase our summer reading program numbers • Get new families to come to the library
Partner: Lion’s Club • Literacy is one of their missions • Love to help locally, and new projects interest them • Always looking for guest speakers
Participants • Grades 1 to 5 • Children who have been identified by the school as having a significant risk of loosing reading skills over the summer
Program Structure • 10 to 15 Children walked up to library with adult teacher and 2-3 teen helpers (about 25 minutes at the library) • Each group met 4 days a week for 2 weeks • Those who finish the books on their own and bring the form back to the Library could claim a prize pack at the end of the program
Program • Choose high interest, easy to read, and humorous graphic novels in a series with relatable characters • Babymouse (week 1) and Squish (week 2) by Jennifer and Matthew Holm • I would read the book aloud, while they followed along for 5-7 minutes, then the kids went to “stations” and did activities and crafts
Station: Craft/Activity • 2 new crafts or activities a day
Station: Activity Sheets
Activity Pages • Book based activity sheets (Mazes, coloring sheets) from author’s web page www.babymouse.com or http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/babymouse-squish/activities
Other Online Resources from Publisher •Teacher Guides http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/teachers_guides/ 9780375832307.pdf •Computer Games http://www.randomhousekids.com/games/babymousemunch-mouse
Station: Books • Rest of the books in series to quietly read/look through/review
Station: More Crafts • Other unrelated crafts in case they run out of things to do https://www.guildcraftinc.com/READ-Cards.aspx
Babymouse: Mad Scientist
Facts about Babymouse • She loves cupcakes • She is messy and forgetful • Has a hard time keeping her whiskers straight http://www.randomhousekids.com/videos/lpwcnsuyf om-babymouse-book-trailer#.Uw9v9uNdVvA
Babymouse really LOVES cupcakes and is very messy
New Babymouse App!
Pipecleaner Babymouse http://www.funfamilytips.com/?p=316
Hershey Kiss Babymouse
Play with Slime
Examine Slime Mold Give the Dog Vomit Slime Mold a Squirt of Water
Decorate a Cupcake
Model Magic Clay: Your Favorite Treat
Squish was the natural choice for the next book
Squish: Game On
Facts about Squish • Daydreams a lot (and is very imaginative) • Loves comic books • Loves Twinkies http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/babymouse/squish/
Microscopic Pond Life
Microscopic Pond Life
Squish Photo Frame
Squish Photo Frame
Prize: Read book and Return this form
Conclusion • Pitfalls No one came into the library to claim their prize pack (nevertheless did have a few new families come to the Library) • Benefits to the Library • Benefits to the School • Benefits to the Kids Email me at email@example.com to get the list of activities and copies of the instructions
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