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The 1998 AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year. Literacy Initiatives for High School Students: YES, they WILL Read!. Harlene Rosenberg Heather Hersey Phyllis Miller. Hunterdon Central Regional High School Flemington, New Jersey. American Association of School Librarians

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The 1998 AASL National School Library

Media Program of the Year

Literacy Initiatives for High School Students:

YES, they WILL Read!

Harlene Rosenberg

Heather Hersey

Phyllis Miller

Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Flemington, New Jersey

American Association of School Librarians

Pittsburgh October 7, 2005

background information
Background Information
  • 2885 Students
    • 752 Freshmen
    • 751 Sophomores
    • 729 Juniors
    • 653 Seniors
  • 287 Faculty
  • 6 IMC staff - 3 Certified
  • 15 classes/day
  • 298 classes given formal instruction
proposal for third lms
Proposal for Third LMS
  • Growth in student population
  • Growth in class visits
  • “House calls” - off site instruction
  • Collaboration with faculty
    • Scheduled meeting vs “on the fly”
    • Quality time with new faculty
      • Introduce resources
      • Plan research projects
proposal for third lms1
Proposal for Third LMS
  • Literacy/reading appreciation
    • Collection development
      • Enhance curriculum
      • Character education
      • ESL - introducing language and culture
  • Provide time for teacher observations and other administrative duties
  • Stagger schedule for after school
    • Research assistance
    • Supervision
english as a second language
English as a Second Language
  • Purchased high interest, low vocabulary books with INTERESTING covers
    • Attended NJTESOL conference/exhibits
    • Surveyed public library collections
    • Selected list of ESL titles available online and in catalogs
  • Established in-class bookclub
    • Meets twice weekly
      • Thursday select book(s) and set reading goals (bookmarks)
      • Following Wednesday class discussion
english as a second language1
English as a Second Language
  • Last bookclub meeting, brought donated paperbacks for students to take home
  • Arranged visit to public library
    • Met librarian
    • Taken on tour of facility
    • Given library cards (applications distributed in class)
    • Checked out books
english as a second language2
English as a Second Language
  • What are they reading?
    • Bilingual books
    • Poetry
    • Love stories
    • Magazines
    • Adaptations
    • Nonfiction
    • Novels
  • Writing book reviews/Weblogs
special education class
Special Education Class
  • Round Robin reading for Read Across America
  • Weekly classroom visits to read
  • Overhead review questions prior to visit
  • Book read
    • Holes (Sachar)
    • Hoot (Hiassen)
    • Messenger (Lowry)
    • Gathering Blue (Lowry)
teen read week
Teen Read Week
  • Morning Announcement “Movie”
    • Microsoft Movie Maker
    • Books covers
    • Music
    • Text
  • Future plans for movies
    • “Toxic” by Britney Spears for Banned Book Week
teen read week1
Teen Read Week
  • Surveys
    • Distributed at all booktalks
    • Copies available in offices and IMC
    • Promoted in morning announcements
    • E-mail to faculty
    • Prizes
      • Donated by local merchants
      • Vendor freebies (AASL/EMAnj)
2002 survey results
2002 Survey Results
  • Analyzed by Adv. Statistics students (service learning project)
  • Most likely to read
    • 1st and 2nd - Books and magazines
    • 3rd - 7th - Websites, newspapers, catalogs, comics and graphic novels
  • Top 5 genres
    • Mystery, fantasy, realistic fiction, horror, SF
2002 survey results1
2002 Survey Results

What Students Read










2002 survey results2
2002 Survey Results

Favorite Genres













sci fi

2003 survey results
2003 Survey Results
  • 360 surveys returned
  • 229 individual titles listed!
  • And the winners are...
    • Harry Potter series
    • LOTR series
    • Holes
    • The Giver
    • The Lords of Discipline
read across america
Read Across America
  • Book Display
  • Morning Announcements
    • One Fish, Two Fish read in Chinese
    • Promos for “favorite Seuss” survey
    • Name the Seuss book
  • School store selling Seuss items (NEA)
  • Favorite Seuss book survey - lunchbox prize!
  • “Round robin” reading of One Fish Two Fish with Special Education class
national library week school library media month
National Library WeekSchool Library Media Month
  • Created READ posters
    • Sent email to ALL STAFF to participate
    • Took photos in IMC or “on location”
    • Printed two copies in color on 11”x 17” paper
    • Laminated
  • Posters hung in IMC in time for annual faculty coffee
    • Additional staff have asked to be included!
banned books
Banned Books
  • Displays in IMC
  • Freshman Tour
  • Morning Announcements
  • Class booktalks
    • Letter home for approval signature
    • Have generated interest in “older” books
    • Continue to be requested
  • Class assignment
    • Discuss why book was challenged/banned
classroom booktalks
Classroom Booktalks
  • Handout for teachers
  • Selling the book
    • Reading from book/back cover
    • Comparison
    • Starter question
    • Story setup
  • Independent reading assignments
  • Presentations to English Department
  • Offer to come in before breaks begin
  • Our first history department customer
types of booktalks


Beyond the Novel


Asia and Africa

Cool Books for Hot days

Hot Books for Cold days


“Modern Classics”

Nonfiction & Movies

Fiction & Movies

Historical Fiction

Advanced Placement

Types of Booktalks
collaborative projects
Collaborative Projects
  • Freshman and Sophomore English
    • Cool Books for Hot Days
    • Banned Book Project
    • Movie Research Project (historical and topical)
    • Fiction & Movies
  • Citation Celebration
    • Assisted Social Studies department in the teaching of citations and research
    • Idea originated in meeting with English faculty
collaborative projects1
Collaborative Projects
  • Critical issues in literature
    • Short story debate
    • Dystopia project
      • Alternative titles for The Giver
      • Research component
  • Asian and African literature
    • Created list of titles in IMC and public library
    • Booktalked titles
  • Art class
bharti kirchner india
Shiva Dancing: Meena Kumari was seven when she was abducted from her village. Though she managed to escape a life of slavery, she was unable to find her way home, and was adopted by a wealthy American couple. Despite a flourishing career, she lacks a personal life and keenly feels the separation from her heritage. Shiva Dancing takes us from the arid desert plains of Northern India to the bustle and charm of San Francisco to modern-day Calcutta as a spirited woman seeks to reconnect with her past. (Adapted from KirchnerIndia
graphic novels
Graphic Novels
  • IMC display
  • Highlighted during freshman orientation
  • Booktalks
  • Reinforcing book covers
  • Morning announcements
the book nook
The Book Nook
  • IMC staff posting “news and information”
  • Book of the Week
  • Staff Picks
  • New Books
  • Bookworms Club
  • Adding student reviews
    • Class generated
    • Independent
book of the week
Book of the Week

The Lamp, November 19, 2004

student bookclub
Student Bookclub
  • Meets twice a month
    • 25 members
    • 50/50 girls/boys
    • 50% sophomores; 25 % frosh; 25% jr/sr
  • Student officers run meeting
  • Creating themed booklists
  • Weblog on IMC website to keep up-to-date
    • Online discussions
  • Book discussion with Middle School students
promoting reading
Promoting Reading
  • ALA posters
  • New books displays – they move!
  • Bookmarks - purchased, donated and homemade
  • Bulletin boards
  • Book suggestion box
  • Middle school visit
faculty reading
Faculty Reading
  • READ posters
  • Faculty bookclub hosted by principal
  • Installing bookshelves in faculty cafeterias
    • “Book swap”
    • Community donations
  • “Giving thanks” bulletin


  • Character Education
    • Books initially requested by ISS teacher
    • Ordered books for In-School Suspension and Alternative School classrooms
    • Collection is maintained by IMC and rotated between classrooms
    • Heather booktalks in Alternative School classrooms
  • Title V - “Innovative Programs”
    • Books and materials for ESL students
    • Pleasure reading
    • Support new US History class for ESL students
    • Books and materials for Honors and AP courses
contact information
Contact Information

Heather Hersey [email protected]

Phyllis Miller [email protected]

Harlene Rosenberg [email protected]



Hunterdon Central Regional High School

84 Route 31

Flemington, New Jersey 08822

(908) 284-7141