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