Guest Blog Post: Library on Wheels

Library on Wheels is a program that the Sequoyah High School Media Center has been doing for a little over three years now, and we are pleased with the results.  Library on Wheels  is the name we have given to loading a cart with books and a laptop and taking it to the cafeteria.  We try to stock the cart with our latest novels or nonfiction/reference books like Guinness World Records which might appeal to a reluctant reader We then wheel the cart around to each table and ask students if they would like to check out a book.  We have been jokingly compared to hospital candy stripers or Brooks Hatlan in Shawshank Redemption, but I think that a flight attendant may be the best analogy.  While not every student  takes advantage of this service, this form of outreach helps us to connect with students we might not normally see during lunch and helps improve the visibility of the library by going to where the students are.

Sequoyah High School has four lunch periods, and our goal is to visit each lunch period once a week.  We find that some students who never darken the doors of the media center will see a book on the cart and choose to check it out.  We also answers many questions, including  questions such as “What time do you close?” and “When is my book due?”   We have found it extremely enjoyable to interact with the kids in a different way outside of our mainstream point of access.  Library on Wheels allows us to see a different side of them.  In addition to checking books out and answering questions, students pay quite a few fines while we are in the cafeteria and also return books.  When you combine all those advantages with increased circulation statistics, the program is a win-win and beneficial for the library program and  for the students.

Jan Reed, Media Specialist
Sequoyah High School
Canton, GA 

7 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post: Library on Wheels

  1. I love this idea Buffy! I’m going to try it in the next couple of weeks (I may start with a focus on magazines and call it Magazine Mondays!) :)

    And thanks for your help with ereader book provider options! As always, your help and inspiration are greatly appreciated!

  2. This is a great idea. I’m in a K-12 school and have seen a drop in our high-schoolers visiting the library since a room change blocked us off from their wing. I’m definitely going to give this a go. Thanks.

  3. Thanks so much for the inspiring post; I set up my own Library on Wheels during lunches at my middle school last Friday and today, and the response from my students has been awesome! They don’t always have a chance to visit the library during the school day, so this is the perfect way to bring the books to the readers. There’s nothing like hearing, “Oooo, books!” as you wheel the cart into the cafeteria. : )

  4. This is a fantastic idea! In some ways lunch is a far better way to reach students than the front of the English classroom and it’s a fairly easy program to duplicate. Thanks for the idea!

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