98. Booktalking

It’s booktalking season!

My co-worker and I are talking to all the kids in 6 elementary schools close to our library.  Today we talked to 700 children, Kindergarten through 6th grade.  We tell them about the summer reading program — how to win the coupon book and about all the programs and performances we have going on at the library this summer.

Then we tell them about books we think they will enjoy.

Neither of us felt prepared at the start of the week.  But it’s turning out we don’t even have to repeat books between different grades, we have so many good books to choose from.

Booktalking is exhausting.  But it’s exciting, too, to get to reach that many kids.

It’s so wonderful when they come up to us in the library and say, “You came to my school!” and they ask for a book we told them about.