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Book Buffet

 

With over 18,000 books in the Kelvin Library (almost 4,000 items in Fiction alone – in English, French and Spanish), how can one possibly choose what to read? How about a Book Buffet? Ms. Rachel Wall, with the help of Teacher-Librarian Mrs. Alice Osborne, presented her Grades 9 and 12 English classes with a unique way of selecting books for their independent reading assignments.
Mrs. Osborne selected books representative of several literary genres. Students spent a few minutes at each table in rotation to look at several books. The students determined the genre, read a page from at least one book, and determined the interest and difficulty levels based on the cover and reading one page. The “mystery” genres were revealed at the end of the class and students chose a book to borrow from the Library. The Book Buffet exposed students to genres and authors they might not have thought to look at before, and gave them a more directed method of choosing a book other than aimlessly browsing the shelves. Piloted experimentally in Ms. Wall’s Grade 9 classes last year, the assignment included Grade 12 Literary and Transactional Forms classes this semester. The assignment will be extended to include non-fiction selections beyond the biography/personal memoir category.
Book circulation in Kelvin’s Library increased by 7% last year. Initiatives like this project help encourage students to develop and extend their leisure reading habits.

 

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