The Zachary High School Library is the recipient of a 2015 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Book Set $200 grant.
Thanks to the grant, the Zachary High Library received a set of 10 books nominated for the 2015 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award.
The grant was made possible from donations from the Louisiana Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., PermaBound and the Louisiana library and Book Festival Foundation, Zachary High Librarian Christina F. Knight said.
Knight said the grant is intended for high school teens and encourages public libraries and local schools to partner to motivate students to read books on the LTRC list.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library system fulfilled its obligation to the grant by partnering with Zachary High on Sept. 25 and sending a bookmobile to the school to promote literacy and nominees on the Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice book list.
“The idea is to get teens to read two titles on the LTRC list and vote for their favorite before February,” Knight said. “Book-talking is one of the most effective ways to get kids reading.”
Nancy Lockett, a teen services librarian for the EBRPL system who works at the Zachary Branch Library, armed herself with stacks of books and set up a table outside the ZHS cafeteria for the Sept. 25 visit.
Lockett encouraged students to check out books or get their library cards. As an incentive, she gave them iTunes and Barnes & Noble gift cards.
“Our staff talks up titles and leaves teens ready to read and vote for their favorites,” the Zachary librarian said.
The bookmobile visiting the ZHS campus allowed the students to board the tech center on wheels to check out and return books, obtain a new library card, browse and read or listen to electronic books.
“About the only thing they can’t do on the bookmobile is pay library fines,” EBRPL’s LaTrisha Blunt said.
Library aides Joe Havard, 18, and Crystal Beauchamp, 17, who are part of the ZHS Library Club, shared their favorite book genres.
“I like paranormal romance novels,” Beauchamp said.
Havard said he likes fiction-fantasy genres.
Some Zachary youth boarded the bookmobile to browse and check out books that were not on the LTRC list. Freshman Aaron Page checked out books on building websites and making crafts. He also obtained a new library card.
Knight shared other activities on tap to promote the LTRC titles including student-generated announcements and advertisements, a student contest and book utilization to meet Accelerated Reader requirements.
“The teens will get to use Animoto, Moviemaker or a Flip camera for broadcasts over the P.A. system during morning announcements as well as engage in a bookmark contest to display them throughout campus,” Knight explained.
In addition, the ZHS students will have a chance to produce their own Book-of-the-Week advertisements via WZHS, a school production company.
The literacy program and grant will culminate with students voting for their favorite LTRC books using voting machines provided by the Secretary of State’s office in January.
To learn more about Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice, visit www.state.lib.la.us/ literacy-and-reading/louisiana-young-readers-choice.