Inspired by parent and teacher feedback that many boys were "reluctant readers", two innovative media specialists joined forces to create irresistible book club programming with a little help from their tech toolbox. Although tech tools come and go, workshop participants are invited to learn programming strategies that will stand the test of time and that have resulted in a community of book club enthusiasts consisting of all genders and ages. Focusing on themes in conjunction with technology tools, book club facilitators will learn how to rejuvenate the reading experience as well as how to support others in creating consistently dynamic book clubs both within the library as well as the classroom. In addition to integrating free web 2.0 tools, workshop participants will discover how to take advantage of global reading events to generate excitement, implement creative marketing techniques to lure unlikely participants, and make meaningful author connections that will enhance the book club experience.
* 2 Minutes: Introduction
*8 Minutes: Do Tell!: Interactive polling strategies using web 2.0 tools to connect audience participants with the love of literacy (can be replicated in book club)
*15 Minutes: What's in a theme? Share the value of mixing pop culture and themes to generate book clubbers curiosity and excitement with the use of technology tools
*10 Minutes: It's Contagious! Strategies for building a stronger reading community through a series of book club branches
*5 Minutes: Leverage the Communication. Learn about the ways in which virtual communication with tools such as Edmodo, Remind101, Padlet, Blogger, and more can help spread the word about book club events.
*10 Minutes: iPads, Kindles, Tablets, Oh My!: Share ways in which the school community can embrace the eReader revolution and improve book club participation
*5 Minutes: Catching Fire: Helpful resources to continue the book club momentum
*5 Minutes: Conclude with a Readers Unite Q& A
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.