In much the same way that adults adopt a strip of highway to care for, a middle school library aide has set up a program where kids adopt a library shelf to keep clean and feature favorite books The result has been that the library is cleaner, better organized, and kids are engaged with books.
At Kulshan Middle School, Paula Friedman’s adopt-a shelf has gotten kids to choose shelves featuring their favorite authors, and encouraged them to spend more time in the library. They personalize their shelf, to make it more interesting to other students.
“It gets kids into the library, and it gives them a chance to be a part of something,” said Kate Ackerson, the school librarian. “These are kids who like to read, they like books, and they have some ownership over the library.”
A part time para educator, Friedman rewards students for doing a good job with their assigned shelves with bookmarks and “Book Bucks” which can be used at the school book fairs.