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Read All About It: Digital Projects for Readers

Read All About It: Digital Projects for Readers

Stratford Library

Program Summary

Young readers will create and share digital content through the Stratford Library’s Summer Reading program. The program will foster a love of reading through engagement in digital literacy projects. Children ages 7 to 12 will work with teen volunteer mentors and librarians on digital collaborations that promote reading and ethical behavior. All projects will encourage positive civic engagement in Stratford’s diverse community. Mentors will encourage children to discuss book-related themes such as bullying, family dynamics, and volunteerism and to promote positive outcomes for other children in their projects.

Events include:

Book Buddies. Children pair up with teen volunteers to discuss books. They will create digital book trailers and video booktalks for video sharing sites. Participants will learn online safety tips, digital ethics, and copyright law through project-based workshops.

Blog-a-Book! Children ages 9 to 12 discuss books and write blog posts (cross promoted through Twitter and Facebook pages).
Summer Reading Club book reviews on the Library’s website with teen assistance.

Book Party! and other recognitions. The Library will display the digital creations at a Book Party! Librarians will send the projects to authors, newspapers, school principals, and school librarians, recognizing students’ accomplishments. Teen volunteers receive service hours and recommendation letters.


Book Buddies Agenda (All readers)

6:30 p.m. Welcome and name tags. Pair children with teen volunteers.
6:35 p.m. Ice breaker book activity with children and teens.
6:50 p.m. Children pair up with teen volunteers to discuss books. Teens/librarians will encourage discussion on ethical issues in books. For example, if a child wants to recommend Charlotte’s Web, mentors will encourage the child to talk about the importance of friendship and standing up for one’s beliefs.
7:05-7:30 p.m. Children will select a favorite book for their weekly project. Working with teens, they will create digital book trailers and video booktalks for video sharing sites. As they create their digital book reviews, they will learn about apps, copyright law, DRM (Digital Rights Management), citing sources, and online safety. For example, if a child wishes to find an image of an alligator for a book video on Chomp by Carl Hiaasen, teens will demonstrate how to use Creative Commons or Google Advanced Image search to locate images that have permitted usage. Discussions on sharing personal information online and appropriate online behavior will also occur as children create projects. Digital etiquette will be integrated into projects so children can learn skills in real world contexts.
7:30 p.m. Snack and student self evaluation

Blog-a-Book Agenda (Ages 9 to 12)

10:30 a.m. Welcome and name tags.
10:35 a.m. Children will share book recommendations with librarians and other children. Librarians will encourage children to discuss ethical dilemma in books including friendship, family dynamics, and citizenship.
10:55 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (First week only) Librarian will demonstrate blog menus and screens. Librarian will create a sample blog post to guide children through creating their own blog posts. Copyright and fair use will be discussed regarding the use of book cover images. Librarian will demonstrate working with digital images and photography.
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Blog entries. Children will work simultaneously on blog entries promoting books they have read. Librarian and teen volunteers will provide assistance and encouragement so children can develop skills to work independently on blog posts. Librarian and teen volunteers will encourage teamwork and a lively environment with laughter and excitement about books.
12:00 p.m. Snack and presentation of blog entries. Group discussion on future projects.

Book Party! Agenda (Stratford Community)
6 p.m. Welcome and name tags.
6:15 p.m. Librarian introductions and opening remarks regarding student achievements. Each student will be recognized individually with a certificate of achievement and a gift certificate to a bookstore.
6:30 p.m. Project viewing (Show and tell!)
7:05 p.m. Librarian closing remarks and suggestions for future participation.
7:15 p.m. Book giveaway to all children present. Refreshments.

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