I tried a new library center last week, and it was a BIG HIT! I have to share it with you so you can try it, too.
I have three Nook eReaders in our library. I didn't think that was enough to start checking them out to students, plus I wasn't ready to deal with the permission slips and all of that bureacracy.
So I set up an eReader center in the library. Here's how I did it.
During our whole group time, I gave a brief (5-7 minute) overview of how to download books from our Overdrive digital library to our third through fifth graders. I want students to start trying this at home, with their parents.
I set up the center with this sign, and 3 Nooks, preloaded with picture books.
Did they like it? What do you think?
This photo has captured the elusive species known as the fifth grade boy. Look at them! They are completely engaged in this learning center!
This wasn't a one-time occurrence either. The fourth and fifth graders were especially intrigued by this library center.
I loaded picture books at first, so that students would have time to read the whole book. Later in the week, I loaded a Stink chapter book on one of them, so they could see that the text and illustrations would both show up on the eReader.
I have two Nook Simple Touches and one Nook Color. Our students seemed to be just as happy with the Simple Touch, but I'm glad I have one Color Nook for the picture books.
I'm sharing my center sign as a freebie to you in my TPT store. It's simple, but it works.
Are you using eReaders in your school library? What works for you?