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Activities for Library Periods


Here is a list of activities intended for students of classes VI to X, to be conducted during the first half of their library period, once in two weeks. Students are free to choose their library activity.

S. No. Activity How?
1. Read Aloud Let students to read aloud a story or some paragraphs from a book when others listen. Ask simple but interesting questions based on the presentation.
2. Present a Book Review Students will present their short book reviews from their library notebooks. Let others to ask questions based on it.
3. Book Talk Start a discussion on a book / series of books with a group of students. Exchange views and comments. The talk will be about,( i) The title of the book (part/series) ii) author (other books) (iii) illustrator (iv) kind of book/story (adventure, mystery, fantasy, etc) (v) a brief outline of the story (not a narration) (vi) style of writing (descriptive, conversational, first person, etc)(vii) main characters, if any (viii)reading out one or two excepts (ix) suggested readership level and interest (x) personal response and why (xi) what made them borrow the book. Did anyone suggest it?, (xii) any other interesting features they noticed.
4. Library Scavenger Hunt

(Library Treasure Hunt)

This activity is for your students to better understand the library and to see all that it has to offer. Divide your students into several different groups in an effort to finish a library scavenger hunt first. Give each group a list of ten different items they need to find or list. Some examples of items on the scavenger hunt can be to “Introduce yourself to the librarians and list their names on this sheet,” “List three bound magazine titles and explain what bound magazines are” and “Locate and list a reference book that represents one of your interests”. The first team that answers all the questions correctly wins a prize. All the groups learn a lot more about the library than they knew before.

Clues lead from book to book, from section to section in a random way.

5. Vote your Favourite character Have a vote for your favorite character. Give small pieces of papers to all and tell them to write the name of their favourite character.
6. Cell Phone for your Book Character Create a cell phone for that person (character) with information about their contacts, text message conversations, missed calls, and applications.
7. Mystery Bag Uses paper bags to conceal book covers.  Students get a ‘mystery’ book that they can’t look at before checking it out.  After reading it they report back to the librarian on how they liked the book.  Kids will love the anticipation of getting something unknown to read.
8. Glad Book Sad Book Glad Book Sad Book teaches children how to treat library materials and reinforces how to properly care for books and how to behave in a library. Tape happy and sad faces to a cube the children will roll. Have the children take turns rolling the cube. If a student rolls a happy face, she should provide one example of a way to care for a library book or one way that a person should behave in the library. If the student rolls a sad face, he should give an example of a way to mistreat a library book or a way a person might behave poorly in a library. Create a game board with a finish line and advance each team’s token with every example of happy or sad books they provide, or just play until the time allowed has elapsed or students are out of examples.
9. Readers’ Theatre


This activity can help students become more excited about material in classic works of literature that are found in the library. Select several groups of students in a class or grade to put on a presentation of a scene or two from a work of fiction. The presentation can be funny, serious or a mix of both. Try to encourage students who would not normally participate by making it a competition of some kind with a big prize. The students do not have to memorize lines, they simply can sit in their chairs and read the book, but they can use their voices to make the material fun and interesting. This can encourage those watching the presentation to read more after seeing the words come to life. It may just encourage the groups gunning for the cash prize to read a book out loud in a ridiculous way. Either way, more students read as a result of the activity.
10. Book Buffet The activity gives students an opportunity to read genres that they never would have picked up by themselves. Place a different book on each desk in a classroom. Tell students that they will be reading the book for 5 to 8 minutes and then you will tell them to switch with someone else. These books should be of a great variety with many different types represented. At the end of the class, students should have switched 5 to 10 times. Ask them if there are any books they started that they would continue to read if they had the chance. If so, make sure those students get a copy of the books they enjoyed.
11. Story Time

(Story telling & Story reading)

Story time isn’t just for little kids, although it’s an excellent way to engage young students and introduce them to the pleasures of reading. For older students who can already read, consider making story time an “open mic” event. Have story hour once a month and have students sign up for five- or 10-minute slots in which they can tell or read an original story to younger students.  For older students, read out a continuing story or a novel each week.
12. News and Views This activity helps students to understand and analyze a news story from different viewpoints. Same news item covered by different newspapers will be read aloud and discussed.
13. G. K. Hunt Students will find prospective General Knowledge bits from the newspaper of the day. They shall be divided into groups and each group will scan one newspaper.
14. Headline Grabber Headlines from the newspaper will be collected and studied for their grammar, presentation and viewpoints.
15. Words of the Day Students will find difficult/new words from the newspaper. The meaning of the words will be written from the dictionary/thesaurus.
16. Quiz Time Questions may be prepared on books, authors, events, etc. Oral, written or visual rounds may be conducted.
17.    Story weaving Weave a story. Thread of the story may be given or only the first line. Students in groups can complete the story. The completed story will be presented at the end.
18. Journal Talk Like book talk, a journal/periodical in the library can be read and reviewed. Tell the students to collect information from 5-10 journals (name, publisher, place, theme, cost, frequency, language, style of writing, readership) and present it.
19. Find the Meaning Pocket dictionaries to find the meaning of given words quickly.
20. Know the Encyclopedia Let the students to note down one piece of information they really want to know. Librarian shows how to choose the right level of encyclopedia and also how to access the material. A discussion can be initiated about the kind of encyclopedia and how the entries are arranged.
21. Go places Groups of students are given with atlases. Ask them to select any place in the world they have heard about and would like to visit. They can be taught to go to the index, locate page number and coordinates. Let them to use left hand for ‘latitude’ and right hand for ‘longitude’ and make the fingers meet when they find the place. Supplement the activity with wall maps and globes.
22. Book Auction One set of children extols the virtues of the book they have read and enjoyed, to a younger group or to a set of their own class. They do this in the style of an auctioneer. No money transaction involved.
23. Design a Book Jacket Competition to design a jacket/dust cover for a selected book is conducted.
24. Design a Bookmark Competition to design bookmark based on a selected theme is conducted. Best bookmarks shall be awarded.
25. Create a Bibliography Give a topic and let them to search the library database and shelves.
26. Preparing Article Index Tell them first how to index an article. Periodicals/journals/newspapers are given to students find articles and index them.
27. Interview a Reader A good reader will be on the ‘hot seat’. Let others ask questions on anything related to his/her reading.
28. Making a map of the Library Students will draw map of the library in detail. Let them to suggest better designs.
29. Letter to your favourite author Let students to write short letters to their favourite authors. Best letters may be selected and send to the author if appropriate. Many authors like to reply to children.
30. Illustrations from story books Students will make illustrations for a selected story.
31. Making shelf guides and labels for the Library Helps to understand the library classification and shelf arrangement. Boost creativity.
32. Quick Searcher


Give a ready reference question and let students to search the answer with reference books or on internet.
33. Adopt a Shelf A group of students will adopt a shelf in the library. During library periods they will arrange the books properly and literally ‘look after’ the shelf. Their names shall be displayed on the shelf.

Compiled by S. L. Faisal, Librarian

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