Hi Mike, very innovative and interesting. I think it is a good deed to allow children to be children with lesser restrictions on activities that may need prompting from adults albeit some may disagree with your approach. I certainly like this idea and perhaps could explore this possibility of introducing this concept in where I am residing Asia. Asia libraries by far is quite conservative and it will take tremendous effort to induce new ideas (like yours), nevertheless it is a good first step. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Mike. I will check out your blog becasue I am very interested in this topic. When I was still teaching, one of my difficulty was to get boys to read. It wasn't so much of a problem with girls. Now being a mother, I see this pattern repeated with my own children. I often discussed this informally with a few teacher-friends but being part of a group that seriously look into this is very enticing to me. I hope to learn much from you so can be able to do something for boys in my part of the world. You see, the Melanesian peoples come from an oral based culture and getting children to read is a challenge in itself. Getting boys to read is much more difficult and I'm looking forward to learning something to y'all.
Thanks for sending this link to me. I found your site interesting including the comments from the members particularly for the article on involving fathers. Curiosity about the title GettingBoystoRead - why only boys??
It is always good to see good ideas put into practice. Food and Drink in the Library! How far we have come :)
You may be interested in the New Zealand National Library 'Create Readers Blog' http://createreaders.natlib.govt.nz/
It includes a vast amount on Boys and Books
Thanks Mike--I have forwarded that web site on to our Youth Services librarian and intern. I think this is a much needed area of focus. I love your attitude about libraries--we don't shush either, but then we don't have pancakes. how fun!
Thanks for your message. I sent you a friends reques here and boolmarked your blog. I think your work is valuable because boys are often more resistant readers and need more attention focused on their specific needs. I'm finishing my MLIS this August and may be working in a public library soon so I'll keep in touch.
Thx for making contact. I like your website. I see that you are a HS librarian. GettingBoysToRead seems geared more towards younger boys. I'm interested in getting older (post HS) males to read, since my audience is technical college males. Anything you've got in that aread would be great to see.