September is Library Card Sign-up Month. It's great to take a trip to the library to talk about all the many resources available, but what special projects or lessons can you use to motivate students to make the most of the library?
When discussing the resources of The New York Public Library, I try to emphasize the literacy programs that are availble to the public. I refer back to the resources that are availble to anyone in any field no matter what level of Literacy Skills the student has developed. I try to employ contact and interaction with the librarian so that any question a student may have in referencing a text can be discussed in a way that the Libray will serve as an instructional service. I encourage my student's to visit the library as a way of discovering what is published about any field of interest they wish to pursue, and to make the Library a place where my student's will feel comfortable in attending at any time.
When I was an adult literacy tutor, I helped my students by motivating them to use the library by themselves. I assisted them in getting their own library cards. They then checked out books to read by themselves. The fact we met at the public library for awhile helped make my students comfortable in the library.