World Book Day is one of those celebrations that you know is happening in advance, however its timing in a hectic term can mean the day itself often catches me by surprise. This year the thought processes started last week and on Monday plans were put in place for an informal event in the library, advertised in the school daily bulletin.
- Early access to some new books – many chosen by pupils.
- Book swap – bring in a book (in very good or excellent condition) and swap it for another to take away and read – for pupils and staff.
- Share your favourite book or author.
- Bookmark colouring in
- National Book Tokens design competition – First prize = £250 book tokens for school; £100 tokens for pupil. More info from Mrs S. Entries to library by 5th
This, today with the arrival of more new books chosen by pupils and purchased with money donated by the Parent Council, as well as a surprise box of the £1 books, morphed into:
Around 20 pupils and a member of staff took part over the course of the 40 minute lunch break, with the colouring competition of book marks and images based on the Beast Quest books from the World Book Day website. This proved most popular. Attendees were also asked to fill in a mini survey with a view to suggesting more books for the library as well as filling out a short evaluation forms. Snacks, coffee and hot chocolate also proved popular, not surprisingly.
Quite a few pupils reserved some of the yet to be catalogue new books which only arrived today, as well as exchanging their £1 vouchers for the £1 WBD books which came as a complete surprise from the wonderful bookshop – Stromness Books & Prints. This proved popular. There was also an animated discussion about favourite books whih started on the back of filling in the survey.
For what effectively was a ‘last minute’ event, this lunchtime has been energetic, animated and most enjoyable.