Monday, May 12, 2014

Fifth Grade Library Tours

I am pretty late in sharing this post, and I'll share more about why I've been so busy soon.  Around Valentine's Day, I had the opportunity to give a group of ten fifth grade girls a tour of the library. They were part of a group called GEMS and wanted to see the library for an hour.  I figured these patrons would rather be busy and active while they visited the library, and not have an adult talking at them the whole time, so I decided to send them on a scavenger hunt.

I had designed this scavenger hunt a while ago, and I kept a couple of different factors in mind as I assembled it.  I wanted to ask questions that would do two things: have elementary school children think about what items and services the library offers and teach them how to use materials, including the library catalog.  I also didn't want people to be tripping each over while they did the scavenger hunt, so I made sure to put all of the questions in different order on each of the sheets.  There were also a few bonus questions in case anyone was super fast.

I asked the girls if they wanted to work individually or in pairs, and they unanimously agreed on working in pairs.  Since I know you're all wondering, here is a copy of our scavenger hunt sheets. I had originally designed this as a spring scavenger hunt, so maybe a few of the questions were bizarre given that the tour was in February, but everyone rolled with it.  Later I asked on a scale of one to ten (ten being super fun) how enjoyable the tour was, and most girls gave it a rating of somewhere between seven and ten.

Usually when I have tours in the library, I share whatever happens to be my favorite of the new picture books at the time, so I shared Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger and I Scream, Ice Cream by Amy Krause Rosenthal.

We finished up by making these origami heart bookmarks.  Origami has never been my strong suit, so I made several practice bookmarks before the tour to get it down.  Only one person really struggled with it, and for the most part, the girls helped each other out.

That was a wrap on our fifth grade tours!  I was really glad to give these girl a more in depth look at our library and teach them an interesting new craft.

How do you guys handle fifth grade tours at your library? What awesome and exciting things have you done for them? Please leave links and let me know in the comments, because I'd love to hear about them.