Dr Seuss Day is celebrated on the 2nd March each year. While in the USA this day is celebrated as Read Across America Day, the 2nd of March marks Dr Seuss’s birthday. Wherever you are from or which ever event you choose it celebrate, it is the perfect opportunity to promote the wonderful written creations of the very clever Dr Seuss.
2017 marks 30 Years of Where’s Wally. We decided this momentous occasion called for celebration.
Where’s Wally Display
They were also offering a limited supply of free party packs, including balloons, a large Wally standee, a huge poster, activity sheets and stickers! We were fortunate to be sent one of the party packs. You can see the giant Where’s Wally poster and the Wally standee in the picture to the left.
Library Olympic Games – Library Activities
This is the second part in my Library Olympics prep – my display ideas can be found under Display: Olympic Games.
This library challenge is designed so that students can engage in a competitive but inclusive challenge to inspire them to read more, read with their friends and use books to help them complete fun tasks.
Students can complete any or all tasks individually or in teams. They will earn points for their class group or school house team.
Design your own flag. It can be a personal flag or make a team and share the design. We will display the flags with the other countries’ flags bunting, from Mr Printables.
Challenge 2: Paper plane making and flying competition
Create the most aerodynamic or the most fantastic looking paper plane. Create a paper plane that can fly the highest or do the most loops. We will test the planes during lunchtime outside the front of the library.
Challenge 3: Origami making
Using the library’s origami books, create an origami piece to add to our display. Can you create one that is sports themed?
Design a new set of Olympic Pictograms for reading in a variety of exciting ways. Reading while lying on the beach, reading while surfing, or maybe reading while riding a horse???
Challenge 5: Reading Challenge
This event is based on the Olympic Reading Challenge found on Mrs Mac’s Library.
Artistic Gymnastics: Read 3 Picture Books
100m Sprint: Read a short story (or book from the Easy Reads collection)
Marathon: Read for 30mins straight
Triathlon: Read 3 books by 3 different authors
Weightlifiting: Read a book of more than 200 pages
Relay: You and a friend read the same book.
Equestrian: Read a book about animals, fiction or non-fiction.
Teen Read Week
October 18-24, 2015 is Teen Read Week in the US, a literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. This year’s theme is Get Away @ your library.
Now, down here in Australia we don’t usually celebrate Teen Read Week. We have recently celebrated the CBCA Book Week, which is for all ages, but I love the idea of specifically targeting teenage reading audiences. And really, what librarian wouldn’t another excuse to decorate the library and celebrate the fabulousness of young adult books.
This year’s Teen Read Week theme conjures images of summer reads (holding onto the last summer rays for those in the Northern Hemisphere, while awaiting the coming warmth in the Southern), holiday destinations and, of course, the epic Road Trip.
While our library won’t be celebrating Teen Read Week as such, it is certainly timely for inspiring some teen-related displays, activities and book lists.
International Dot Day
September 15 (ish) is International Dot Day. It is a celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. The day is inspired by Peter H. Reynold’s beautiful book The Dot.
International Dot Day provides a wonderful opportunity to engage students in reading and creative tasks, and there are myriad possibilities for fun displays and activities.
You can find more information on the Dot Club website, beautiful dots created by authors, illustrators and celebrities on Celebri-Dot, and ideas for using The Dot in the classroom in the Candlewick Teacher guide for The Dot and Ish.
How will you make your mark on International Dot Day?