On 7th March 2018, we celebrated World Book Day. Some activities were organised such as Costume Dress Up, Guess Me Right, Book Cover Design, Bookmark Design and Scavenger Hunt. To commemorate this day, the library was decorated with pictures and scenes from story books. The librarians also took this opportunity to educate the junior and senior students on Book Care by displaying the Library Book Care posters on the library glass wall. The students dressed up as their favorite book character and brought them to life on that day. The library also collected RM 1 per person for charity, and in total they managed to collect RM106 from the event. The winners for the Costume Dress Up contest were selected from the top three best costumes for each Junior and Senior school. Other activities like the Minimalist Poster Contest required the students to guess and figure out the title of each poster. They were given several days to study the hint on the posters. The winners were chosen based on whether or not the answers were correct and the submission was written neatly.
The Book Cover Design contest was for Year 8 and Year 9 students only. In this activity students had to create a new cover design for the books they were reading. This was done to demonstrate their comprehension of the book and the characters. The activities were differentiated according to the students’ year group, For example, The Year 7 students were given The Bookmark Designing contest while Years 1 to 3 had a Bookmark colouring contest. Besides that, we also had a “scavenger hunt” for Year 10 & Year 11 students, but unfortunately this activity was not successful due to lack of participation from the students.
The next activity was the blind-date, whereby books were covered with brown craft wrapping paper and displayed at the front of the library. The main purpose of this display was to encourage readers to step outside of their book comfort zone, and try something they’re not used to. However, the students were not allowed to unravel the books until they borrowed it. Library Day was a very successful event; nonetheless, this event could be better next year. The activities can be revised, to improve the overall efficiency and the effectiveness in educating students about the value of reading. – By Nur Diana Ahmad Azmi, Assistant Librarian