Looking for ideas to boost school library attendance? Shall we help you bring it to life?
Unfortunately, for many schools, reading is still considered a luxury, not a necessity. And one in eight primary schools has no library.
It’s a fact that students who read for pleasure are healthier, happier, and do better in school. That is why we believe that it is essential that every school has a library and that this is a place where students want to go.
- Make it a comfortable library
If you want students to visit your school’s library regularly, it should be warm and welcoming. Think of lighting that is not too bright, but appropriate for reading. We also recommend replacing hardwood chairs with soft furniture, such as stands and poufs.
Here are our favourite furniture pieces for libraries:
Some school libraries include reading tents where students can sit, isolate themselves from the world, and immerse themselves in the pages of a good book. If reading is not perceived as a task, students will naturally be more drawn to it.
- Guide students on their reading journey
For us, the process of choosing and reading a book may be simple, but for some students this process can be daunting and that is why it is interesting to have reading staff who can help and support them in their visit to the library.
These reading advocates can also encourage students to interact in a different way in this space where discussion corners or relaxation and rest areas can be created.
- Make reading a habit
Regularity is key. It can mark a milestone especially for students who are struggling or falling behind their peers.
In this sense, it is important to facilitate regular reading time at school. Some students do not have time, permission, or ability to read at home. The more children read, the more natural the process will be.
- Take the visual environment into account
The last of our ideas about school libraries focuses on the visual environment of the library. Specifically, the walls of the library itself and its surroundings.
There is often an old classroom or a disused common space, which can be converted into common reading spaces and also individual, more private spaces.
In addition, boring walls can also be transformed, with vivid images or bright colours. Including images or quotes from popular or reference children’s books is a nice resource. A great way to bring space to life and stimulate curiosity and debate among fellow readers.