Thank you to the Unquiet Librarian for writing such detailed posts and sharing documents for conducting book tasting with classes.
I worked with two ninth grade teachers and their English classes. Both teachers bring the classes in on a regular basis to check out books and give students time in class to read silently. I used MAP scores to pull books that started slightly above the lowest level reading score. Using the score range, I used the catalog filter function to help find sports, historical fiction, romance, music, and travel books. I put them on carts, labelled them, and spread them across the back area of the media center.
When classes came, I told them they were going to taste books, and they would have five minutes to read. I made the mistake of pointing out the scale and writing response and so the first couple of groups spent more time writing than reading. I made sure to encourage later groups to JUST read and they would have time to write. Time wise, each round of tasting took about ten minutes (including asking students questions about how many loved their book or who had the best cover).
Every group except one really got into the activity. There is one group that has some very reluctant readers.
I plan to move from this to trying out the musical chairs version that the Unquiet Librarian did with her students.
Three hundred forty seniors (85% of the class) poured into the library off and on all day to fill out college applications. Local colleges exempted the normal application fee on this day and college representatives, guidance counselors, our instructional technology coach, and librarians were on hand to help students fill out their forms. Thank you to Converse, USC Upstate, Spartanburg Community College, College of Charleston, Presbyterian, USC, Limestone, Kenneth Shuler, Winthrop, Wofford, and Spartanburg Methodist for sending reps to the library for this important day.