Our goal was to encourage students to borrow a book that they were unfamiliar with. A classic, a brand new book or a book of a lesser known author.
We tried to combine at least two books that related to each other in some way:
- A classic and the modern day equivalent,
- A book and movie of that book,
- A collection of different styled poetry books,
- Themed books and similar topics, for example: two books about dogs.
- Books from the same genre.
- A popular book, such as Hunger Games, and a less popular book of the same genre.
The books were wrapped up with a strip of wrapping paper and string and students liked that after we "processed" the books we wrapped them back up again for them to take home.
By the end of last term we had 24 packs (at least 48 books) borrowed in addition to our normal borrowing patterns.
Many students who borrowed the paired up books returned the first one and re-borrowed the second one so that they could finish it.
We are hoping to survey students who borrowed the Winter Reading packs to see if it would be worthwhile to do it again, perhaps as a Spring Reading Pack.