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Rescued Reads: What's Hot and What's Not


This activity is to encourage circulation for books that have low circulation rates. Identify books in your collection with no or few checkouts. We use our Follett automation software to print a list of books that have never circulated. Some will be oldies, but others might be brand new copies. Put those books on a “Rescued Reads” cart or label them with little colored dots on their spines. Promote the project to all students or to a particular class. Readers—students and teachers—read the books then write a short review and rate the book "Hot or Not." I tell the students I will use their reviews to help me decide whether or not to keep the books in the media center's collection. We have also tried using a blog for student reviews so that they are available to all.
Presented by Marcia Kochel, Olson Middle School and Mary Childs, Valley View Middle School, Bloomington, ISD 271

Hot or Not Powerpoint by Heather Gruenthal
I project book covers on the large screen from the Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list. Students have cards that say Hot in red on one side and Not in blue on the other side. Students show with their cards what they think is hot and what is not. This creates a lot of excitement for the books that everyone wants. You can end the activity with checking out the most popular books and creating a waiting list for the book, which also increases the demand.

Templates for the response cards


Rescued Reads Here's an idea Presented by Marcia Kochel, Olson Middle School and Mary Childs, Valley View Middle School, Bloomington, ISD 271