As you may have heard, we hosted a Book Prom in Navasota last Friday, and man, did we HAVE FUN!
The #SecretSocietyOfReaders decorated the library and moved out the tables and books to create a dance floor for our readers. When the students arrived to the library, they signed in with their “book date,” and strutted down the royal blue carpet. Students were dressed in their finest clothes, and some students dressed up their books too.
Students and teachers were invited to attend Book Prom, and even the Mayor of Navasota, Texas attended the celebration! After walking the carpet our kids had their Book Prom, posed pictures taken in front of a city backdrop. Guests were then treated to a donated breakfast, and after eating settled themselves for the welcoming ceremony presented by: Sarah Martin, Kevin Bradford and Kathryn French.
Each student was given the talking stick, to introduce the book that they chose to take to the prom. Some parents and visitors, even shared their favorite books that they would take to the Book Prom. It was indeed a splendid moment to hear adults from our school district, and community, speak about their love of literacy with our student learners.
After the book talks, students voted on which book they thought deserved to be the Book Prom King or Queen. While volunteers scrambled to tally the votes, students danced and did the “Wobble “with their books. I was one happy librarian to watch kids dance, the library was alive with positive energy, and celebration!
Students were so excited to have a Skype chat with the wonderful librarian, artist, explorer and book lover! We discussed our favorite books and what we wanted to be when we grow up. Ms. Miller was kind enough to encourage our students to keep reading. She introduced our students to fresh new books, books that we had not heard of before. Our kids had a blast!
When the moment arrived to crown the Prom King and Queen…we all waited, quiet with anticipation…the winners were for: Prom King was the book, Wonder, written by RJ Palacio and the Prom Queen was Divergent, written by Veronica Roth! Of course, those were the MOST popular books in the library this school year! We were all excited.
Tomorrow is Friday, the second to last Friday of the 2014-2015 school year. So many of our #SecretSocietyOfReaders have asked if we will be meeting tomorrow, they want to get together again before summer vacation to talk about what they are reading. I will miss our secret meetings that are no longer a secret, but I do not believe that I can beat our Book Prom Friday. The readers will just have to wait until next year, which I guarantee you, will be BIGGER and BETTER than this year! Book Prom 2015 was a success, my hope is that readers will be inspired to host mini Book Prom in their classrooms in celebrations of literacy. It has been a wonderful year. -K