Perma-Bound partnered with the Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards to offer an exciting grant opportunity. This book grant is designed to give more children access to great books, and provide them opportunities to be actively engaged in reading and the democratic process as they use their votes to determine the next Buckeye Book Award winners. The 2020 winners are:
Anessa Keifer, Belmont County District Library
The Children’s Librarian will dedicate a special outreach program within the Martins Ferry, Ohio School District. Voting will take place both in-class and as a passive program at the Library. Should school not resume, digital readings will be made available through the Library Facebook page, as well as distributed to each teacher regularly visited in outreach. Voting would then take place through the teachers’ digital instruction platforms, as a passive Library program (if the Library is open), and through the Library’s Facebook page. After all votes are gathered, a random drawing will determine which student/patron receives a book.
Kay Gerspacher, Xenia Community Schools
All books will be displayed in the library for students to see when they come in with their classes. During the first visit to the library the library assistant will provide short book talks on each title. Students will be encouraged to read the nominees and then vote for their favorite book. Students can also campaign for their favorite book during library time. One student in each grade who participates in the voting process will win a small prize. I have no doubt this will generate excitement and enthusiasm for the books and for the voting process.
Shelley Conley, Jonathan Alder Local Schools
During this time of remote learning, I am currently working with my administration to create an innovative system in which students can pick up and return books from the school library in a “drive-thru” manner. On designated days, students can “visit” the library via the school parking lot. Book pick ups and returns can take place without students ever having to leave the car. In order to ensure a social distancing of six feet, books will be placed in car trunks. Books can be returned via trunk. To ensure the safety of our staff and students, staffers will wear protective gloves and masks. Students can reserve books and place holds by accessing our online catalog at home. Our librarian can communicate with students via email to confirm pick up dates. Through this process, students and families will have minimal contact with teachers and staff while still being able to utilize our library services. All returns will be sanitized with professional grade CV19 cleaning equipment purchased by our district. This innovative approach of library lending delivers an important message that reading can still reach students no matter where they are.”
Constance Smith-Clemens, Ellet CLC/Akron Public Schools
Several English Language Arts teachers have asked for recommendations and requested multiple copies of titles for literature circles in the past two years. My plan to safely provide students access to the 15 books is to:
- Offer these titles for upcoming literature circle assignments.
- Include these titles into our book club rotation.
- Make these titles a part of our reading challenge and badge competition.
This book grant is designed to give more children access to great books, and provide them opportunities to be actively engaged in reading and the democratic process as they use their votes to determine the next Buckeye Book Award winners.
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