Through an opportunity presented by the Scholastic Book Fair, Mast is working on a short book/essay to enter into a contest to have R.L. Stine, the author of the “Goosebumps” series, come to the winning school to speak to students. The essay is written to the theme of “Twas the Night Before Book Fair…”
Mast created a spaceship with a kiddie pool, cups, a drop cloth, some paint—and her endless creativity. Then, she put it up against the ceiling light.
“So the kids put their arms up and acted like they were being sucked up into another world,” Mast said. “I try not to bore them in library.”
Mast took pictures of the kids in the spaceship and plans to include the pictures in her essay for the contest. Winners will be announced in February.
Additionally, Mast started a new program this year to promote reading. Students sign up for themed “genre lunches,” read a book in that particular genre, complete a summary sheet which is turned in around a week ahead of the lunch date and then get invited to a lunch date with Mast during their lunch/recess time.
Students dine in the CES library at a table decorated for the specific genre and enjoy their lunch, along with a special dessert donated by Mast and a craft to coordinate with the theme.
“The most important part of the genre lunch is the discussion by the lunch crew about the books they read,” Mast said. “They give “book hooks” to their lunchmates for future reading.”
The first genre lunch was held on Tuesday, November 1st with a Horror and Suspense Genre theme.
The fourteen fourth graders and one fifth grader in attendance discussed “Goosebumps,” “American Chillers,” “Stories to Tell in the Dark” and other horror-type books found in the library.
Fifth grader Blake VanHouten discussed the “Percy Jackson Series” by Rick Rijordon during the entire lunch, Mast said.
The second genre lunch was held on Tuesday, December 6 with a poetry theme. The poetry theme is appropriately timed, Mast said, since the third, fourth and fifth grade students wrote poetry during their library “Connect” time throughout November.
Students turned their poetry works in for possible publication in two poetry contests: “The Anthology of Poetry” by Young Americans and a Creative Communica-tions, Inc. book called “A Celebration of Poets.”
“Both contests are reputable institutions that promote children seeing their written works in print,” Mast said.
Mast got the idea for genre lunches from going to the Indiana Librarians Convention a few years ago. The six lunches planned for the year are Horror and Suspense, Poetry, Survival Skills, Realistic Fiction, Fantasy Fiction and Sports.