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There’s nothing better than sharing a love of reading. Creating opportunities to do this can be very exciting and very contagious!

This year was the first time I’ve organized an event such as this, so I admit to lots of decisions being made on the go.   Given the experimental nature of the event, it was decided to invite teachers to participate rather than students!

So, an email was sent out a couple of months ahead of the scheduled event inviting teachers to volunteer for our inaugural Speed Book Dating event planned to be held over lunch time in our senior library. The rules were fairly simple: enthusiastically ‘sell’ your book to another so that they will want to borrow it!!  To run with the event, a minimum of ten staff would be needed.  Staff volunteering, were asked to let us know the title and author of the book they planned to ‘sell’.  To add a further dose of excitement and anticipation, the titles of participating teachers were kept under lock and key until the start of the event!

Closer to the date, details of the event were shared with participants:

  • each teacher would be seated opposite another teacher; all up we had five pairs
  • one of each pair would then have one minute to ‘sell’ (tell, convince, persuade) their selected book to the teacher seated opposite them
  • on the ‘gong’ teachers would be required to stand up and move to the next chair and then to repeat their ‘sell’
  • those listening were asked to rank the books into one of four categories: Doesn’t interest me; Sounds so-so; Good; Awesome!

Ranking Sheet

Once the first five teachers had completed their ‘sell’ the tables were turned and those teachers who had been listening/ranking were asked to ‘sell’ their book.  At the end – ranking sheets were tallied to determine which book was the most popular and won first prize!

Students and other staff were encouraged to be an audience to the teachers as they worked really hard to ‘sell’ their book.  A palpable air of excitement filled the room as teachers battled it out to win approval for their book.

This was a fabulous event which was enjoyed by both those participating and those watching.  I look forward to repeating the event with student participants.

Give it a go.  If it worked for me, it may also work for you!

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If you intend selecting the link to this website just be sure that you have a spare hour or so to play with it!

BookFlavor is a book search like no other.  Go to its website and  you are greeted with an array of book covers – lots and lots of them!  They just invite you to browse, to search, to find one that you really want to pick up and have a flick through.  Well ….. you can’t actually flick through it, but  by selecting a book cover, you will be taken to not only a summary but also a host of reviews of the book – some of which are taken directly from GoodReads.

Know the name of a book?  Type it in and see what appears!   It’s amazing to see the range and number of book covers for the same title.  BookFlavor allows  you to search not only by title and author, but also by genre – science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller – you name it they are all there.   Interested in novels about a specific country?  Yup – all you have to do is type in Fiction France or Fiction Spain and  you get a pile of book covers.

And because my interest is in Young Adult literature ….. I just couldn’t resist typing in ‘Young Adult Fantasy’ or ‘Young Adult Science Fiction’ to see what would pop up. Heaps!   And yes, you can search and find lots of books by a host of YA Australian authors too!

The best thing of all though is that whenever you run a search, just keep pulling the scroll bar down.  The more you scroll down, the more book covers load!!

This free search tool is destined to be a popular one with young and old alike.   I can’t wait to show it to some of the students who come into our library.   I just know they are going to love it!

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