Dr Who school library promotion at Don Valley school library
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Don Valley school library Lyn Hopson of Don Valley School and Performing Arts College describes their Dr Who school library promotion.
I theme the school library every half term, and run related quizzes, competitions and other activities. For the 2008 National Year of Reading, I wanted something that would really excite the kids, and I chose Dr Who. The link is that Dr Who explores space and time with his Tardis, but a book can take you to a different place and time without leaving your chair. Our strapline is: “Go through a portal, open a book.” It's already proving hugely popular, and lots of boys especially are coming in.
As well as this, we are running a quiz with a different question displayed on the wall every day. All the answers are contained in the display, which includes facts/book excerpts etc, so by reading the material on the walls, the pupils can find the answers. We have an art competition, where we've cut a picture out of a Dr Who magazine, which is composed of six monsters from the series, and the students guess what they are. We have also asked them to invent a monster for themselves, and describe its characteristics/home planet etc, and a prize will be offered for the best one. To top it all off we also have a word search competition.
To accompany the promotion, we have some non-fiction books on aliens and science books on time and space on display. I have also put up photos of the display, featuring the strapline “Go through a portal, open a book”, elsewhere in school.