Today I attended a day of professional development for teacher librarians. The agenda looked as though it was going to be so boring – more cataloguing info and promises about information management systems and IT that we knew wouldn’t work as promised.
By some miracle, as Mr FD was driving me to the venue, I was early and so got to choose a seat with the perfect front on view of the screen at an empty table. Before long four other solo people arrived and joined my table. So by good luck rather than planning I ended up with some very friendly and helpful table companions.
One of the judges for the Children’s Book Council of Australia was presenting a run down on the short listed titles for this year’s awards. This led to discussion of how to represent the August book week theme of Read across the universe.
I was puzzled as it is really more of an activity for primary school readers, but I know our year eight students like to participate so was floundering with a lack of ideas on how to represent it in our library. One of my table companions mentioned cardboard cut outs of Dr Who’s Tardis and suddenly she had given me my inspiration.
I sent an email to Minerva back at the library to place an order for one 2/3 size cardboard Tardis, and when I got home tonight I ordered myself a Dr Who scarf, and a Tardis usb as a prize for a creative writing/digital story competition I am running also.
Many students have phones with cameras and I know that selfies beside the Tardis will be a big excitement around the campus. It may not be reading, but it will get them through the library doors!
Who said libraries are boring?