The Lincoln Academy Library Team took a field trip to Barnes & Noble in Augusta on Tuesday, October 18. “We took this trip in celebration of Teen Read Week and for the purpose of selecting books for the school library,” explained Librarian Cathi Howell. Students browsed the books in the store and added titles to a shared on a Google document while there, including comments about why each title would be a good addition to the library collection. “It was an opportunity for students to have input regarding what we purchase for the school library. We had a great day!”
This is the fourth year students have gone to Barnes and Noble to choose book titles, however, this year Ms. Howell scheduled the trip to coincide with Teen Read Week. “Going in the fall really works better. I will purchase many of the titles students recommended, and have them on display when we do our Library Preview Cafe sessions for the entire school in early December. I think the kids will enjoy seeing the results of their work on display for Preview Cafe!”
In addition to selecting book titles, students also suggested adding subscriptions to the print editions of the Washington Post and the New York Times.
“It is always exciting to see the interesting mix of genres and titles the students choose,” continued Ms. Howell. “This year in particular, we had eight students involved, and they really took their job seriously, as well as having a lot of fun! When we first get there, I remind them that they are free to explore the whole store – all genres – not just the teen section, so we end up with a little of everything from history to biography, graphic novels, teen and adult books, etc.. It’s fun to see what they think is important – books on Trump, Clinton, bullying, stereotyping, drug addiction, etc. It is also cool when two or three students recommend the same title, for example, The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon were both suggested by three different students.”