Yesterday there was an air of excitement at the upper level school as students came over to the library asking “Do I need to bring my ticket?” or “Oh, teacher, I forgot my ticket!” I smiled as I assured them that they would be able to get in with their ticket. (Those that left theirs at home were lucky I had more and gave them another ticket. 🙂 ) By 11 am the library began its transformation and at 1:50 pm students began to arrive, with tickets in hand, for the Live Webcast with Usher and the Teen Reading Extravaganza. Our Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Champions and Bookworms and Casual Readers book club members settled down at the chairs and the 5th graders that joined us sat comfortably on the carpets. Once the webcast began everyone listened to Usher talk about the importance of reading, setting goals and making a difference in our communities. It was an exciting experience! Usher read th story “If children ran the world,” answered questions from students in the audience and at the end sang “Without You” live. Our students sang along and enjoyed the performance.
Once the webcast was over, participants got a chance to look at the new Young Adult books the library acquired. They checked out books they wanted to read and 14 lucky students got a free book of their choosing.
Click on the link to Scholastic’s blog to see photos, read twits and quotes by Usher: