August in the library means Summer School. A library workshop has become a regular feature of this fabulous programme of activities for some of our new S1s.
Great! This was an excellent chance to work with my job sharing partner, something that is rare because we have no cross over days. It would also mean we actually got the opportunity to speak and work with one another, instead of working via email, phone or notes left in the librarian’s notebook. A welcome change for both of us.
I had previously ran craft activities as part of summer school but this was the first year I had thought about designing a quiz, a book character quiz. It was something fun my job sharing partner and I could work on together.
Pupils were split into groups of five and asked to choose a name for their team but pupils were understandably nervous. That’s when Cathy came up with the idea of pupils in the group each suggesting a word and that word would form part of the team name. (Obviously, it had to be something pleasant but that is never really an issue with our pupils!) This caused much hilarity and chat.
It was a great group of pupils with lots of conversations about reading, summer holidays and looking forward to starting high school. We discussed memorable books from primary school, reading out loud and comic books.
Quiz team names included, The Yoda Book Club, Quiz Destroyers (pencils on fire), Dogs Play Football and Haribo Scooby Doo Club. Some of our S6 pupils were on hand to help pupils answer a few of the questions, take videos and pictures of the activity.
To finish the group were asked to create a monster that lives in the library for our walls. Creations were colourful and fun was had by all, even our S6s! This was a great way to get everyone talking and making our future pupils feel at ease about starting a new school and joining our wonderful school community.
Ian MacFarlane, Home Partnership Officer who organised Summer School commented;
“As part of my Summer School at Taylor High School, both Librarians in our Library Resource Centre organised a workshop for 2 groups of 10 P7 pupils making the transition to Taylor High School. The Library Quiz Workshop provided the pupils with an opportunity to work cooperatively in teams whilst giving them a sense of what the Library Resource Centre can offer them when they begin Secondary School.
The feedback from the pupils was very positive in relation to the workshop itself and the delivery methods of the Librarians. I personally would like to thank Anna and Cathy for their hard work in putting on such a successful aspect of the Summer Programme.”
I hope the quiz is something we can develop in future and many thanks to Ian McFarlane, Home Partnership Officer for allowing the library to be part if this wonderful programme.