One of my goals for this year is to create a social media presence for our library. Personally, I have participated in Instagram Book Photo Challenges in the past, and I thought it would be a fun activity for our library to put on for the students.
The idea is to create a "theme" for every day of the month. Then, you take pictures of books that coordinate with the day's theme. Post them to Instagram with the day's theme, book title, and a little blurb. I decided on the hastag #pondobookchallenge to go along with the pictures.
If you are unfamiliar with hastags, basically putting a hastag on a photo places all the photos with that hastag on one page together. Therefore, if I look up #pondobookchallenge on Instagram, I can see all of the students that are using the hastag to see what they have posted. You could come up with some great recommended titles for books talks without having to do much legwork!
Since this is my first Instagram Book Photo Challenge, I don't expect a TON of participants, but it could create some buzz for future months.
So how did I create each day's theme? I stole a few from Books and Cupcakes. However, the majority of this month's themes I made up.
I think it will be a fun event to participate in, and a great new way to get students thinking about reading!
I created an 11 X 17 poster below to post in every English teacher's room and asked them to encourage their student's to participate. I'm thinking of requiring my TAs to participate in at least a certain amount of days.
I can't wait to see where I can evolve this. And do you want to follow us on Instagram? I'll be posting my photo challenges as well as upcoming book releases and other fun things!
Check it out on Instagram @ponderosalibrary!
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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