OK Seriously! I have not been able to check anything out at a public library since grade school! AHHHHHHHH!! And why is that!?!? Because I have $80 in late fees from books that my family lost when I was in elementary school (I will try to place the blame on them.) I have been to the library in Apple Valley to read. Not only that...in high school we would often sing at the public library during the holidays and the speech team always went to read stories to kids once a month.
I know I need to get over it, but I have been stubborn about forking over that dough to the library mafia! I use Barnes and Noble as if it were a library (which is much more expensive than just paying the $80 late fee.) So my goal for winter break is to get my butt to the library, pay my late fee, and get over it.
However, I always encourage my students to use the library and I tote its resources quite often! I am doing a independent novel unit right now (in place of Martian Chronicles...because I have a hard time finding relevancy for the kids) and I created a search tool that had students using their lexile scores in the lexile.com database, and then following links to our media center and the public libraries to find the book that lexile.com recommended for them. I think it is making kids aware of the resources out there. I think the assignment could be easily adapted to many grade levels...so if you would like it, drop me an email and I will send it (I am all about sharing!!)
Wish me luck on my public library journey!!