The Texas Library Association has released the 2014 Lone Star Reading List, a recommended reading list developed by librarians from schools and public libraries in Texas. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to explore a variety of current books and to foster recreational reading.
I recently chatted with Lynn Head, Librarian and Media Specialist at Waller Jr. High, about this year’s Lone Star List.
Tell me a little about the Lone Star Reading List.
The Lone Star Reading list is an annual list of recently published books which have been favorably reviewed for recreational reading by educational or literary journals for students in grades 6, 7, or 8. The LSRL committee is made up by a chair, an administrative assistant, and eight public or school librarians in the state who work with students in that age range. It's a three year commitment, but worth every late night up reading.
If you look at the list, you'll see a book for just about every type of reader on there. We worked very hard to create a list that would appeal to students.
As a Jr. High School Librarian, how do you use the list to encourage students to read?
It's easy to encourage reading the Lone Star books! They're just such fantastic books, and I believe in them. To promote the list for this year, we have a Lone Star Readers club. When students read the required number of pages, they automatically become a Lone Star Reader. Their name is put on a star in the hall, and they are put on the field trip list. Last year we went to Blue Bell Aquatic Center--they were open just for us--and to have a picnic in Brenham. The plans for this year haven't been finalized yet, but it will be a fun, relaxing day.
I also keep a binder of photos and summaries of previous Lone Star books that students can browse through when they are looking for a good book and I am unavailable. Students can easily find those books on the shelves or place them on hold if they are unavailable.
I've heard of librarians doing "speed-dating" with Lone Star books. I think that sounds like a blast, and hope to try that next year.
Even when we do our book fairs, I am always promoting the Lone Star books with special displays and drawings.
2014 TEXAS LONE STAR READING LIST