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How do libraries motivate students to read? How do librarians help kids find books they are interested in? And—this is the critical question—how does South Jordan Middle School decorate for Halloween? Let’s take a look!
A handful of us took a trip to a local school library where one of our Account Executives (Jenessa) went to school. South Jordan Middle School, or SOJO, is located in the Salt Lake valley about 20 minutes away from our COMPanion Corporation office.
The librarian at SOJO is Cindy Mitchell, who has not only put together a wonderful library, but a wonderful set of decorations this October. Everything shown here is made by Ms. Mitchell and her assistant!
We spent the most time learning about the collections and Reading Ladders, all created by the librarian for the students. That’s some dedication!
The Reading Ladders are lists of books customized to fit certain themes. They match the collections in her library catalog, so students with a vague idea of what they might like can narrow down on a few specific books.
Below are some other highlights from our visit!
- Monster fence posts guarding the book return
- Creepy spellbooks
- Biographies and Jack Skellington
- Student-made zines display
- Themed book displays
- Call numbers explained
Ms. Mitchell makes creative use of discarded books. First, this colorful display of butterflies surrounding the quote "The beauty of the world likes in the diversity of its people"
Next, the awards on this display are well-earned. The entire dress is made by hand. Admire the ruffles: