Great initiative! As a former public librarian it was always a challenge to engage boys from visiting school groups. In the school system here - especially at elementary level - the majority of teachers are women, some of whom would comment how the boys responded well during my storytelling sessions. Thinking back I think it was the effect of seeing a man read and tell stories that helped them see the relevance of reading. 'Novelty factor' is an underrated value at times.
Thanks for your message. It will be great to see and hear what you are doing to get boys to read! Some of our academic staff at our Education Faculty of the University of Pretoria, South Africa will certainly find this of value, and I will definitely share your ideas with them!
Congrats on your new blog!
I haven't updated my profile, but I left libraryland 2 yrs ago.
You may find my blog & site helpful as you build community around your blog.
http://conniebensen.com (search for problogger - and you'll find a post that will be helpful)
Thanks for making aware of your work, Mike. I'm an academic librarian, so (like one of the other respondents) this is a little outside of my range of activities, but I will pass the information along to friends and colleagues involved in literacy work.
Nice to know of another resource for boys. How well would your library program work for smaller and rural (remote) libraries?
Guys Read This cool site, entitled GuysRead.Com, aims to motivate boys to
read by making it easy for them to find material that they personally find
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #394 3/16/06
I would like to congratulate on what you are doing. Young boys are in need of guidance and support, especially when it comes to reading and academics. Keep of the good work. You may want to look into what grants are available to support these types of programs. Best Wishes, Ron
Thanks for the shout out. I am very interested in encouraging "my boys" to read at the secondary school level and find myself reading books I think would appeal to them just so I have a better personal insight to discuss the books and recommend them to potential readers. Once you get the right books in their hands it can really change their entire attitude about reading. Right now I've got my teen-aged son hooked on Orson Scott Card's Ender series. I'd love to hear more about your library makeover as well. Sounds impressive so far. I shall bookmark your blog and website too. Let's keep in touch.
I follow you on Twitter. Thank you so much for contacting me personally. I love what you have been able to do in your library. I try to do what I know is good for the kids in the library but being at five schools, one each day of the week, puts limits on what I can do. Also my libraries only get about $1200. a year to buy books with. We aren't allowed to buy anything else. Not even supplies. I am very interested in getting the boys to read. I will revisit your website and put your blog in my RSS feeds, if I haven't done that already. Do you know of any good free webinars for school librarians. I usually participate in the ones offered through the Classroom 2.0 ning and PBS ones. What state is your school in? I also love the English Companion ning. I learn alot from there also. Thank you for sharing all that you do! I will continue to learn from you!!!
I've already visited your blog as several people I follow on Twitter have recommended it. Good stuff!! This is an area of interest for me as well (professionally and personally - I have two sons), so I look forward to conversations on this topic.
I am retiring in June so won't be much help. I am going to forward your blog link to some friends who I think might be interested. As the mother of three boys and grandmother of one, I wish you all the luck in accomplishing your goal of encouraging boys to read.
Thanks for your email. I'm glad to connect but won't be of much help to you as I'm not involved with YA at all. I'm glad to connect you with Jill Oneill at NFAIS, who in her personal life has book clubs at public library and two sons. She also has a library degree and is a passionate book person.