The following questions are framed keeping in mind the questions that are probable for the interview/personality test of KVS Librarians.
- How to present a mock library session with special emphasis on the development of reading skills?
Hello, everyone. Today, I am going to present a mock library session with a special emphasis on the development of reading skills. Our main aim is to encourage children to read for pleasure and to help them develop their literacy skills. As you all know, reading is crucial for children’s academic success and personal development. So, let’s get started!
Activity One: Read-Aloud
The first activity we will be doing is a read-aloud. I am going to read a book titled “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. This book is a classic and provides a great introduction to rhyming and vocabulary building. It also encourages children to use their imaginations and think creatively.
While reading, I will be emphasizing the use of emotions and expressions to convey the story’s tone and meaning. By doing so, children can develop listening and comprehension skills. It is also important to pause at certain points in the story and encourage children to think and reflect on what is being read. This will help them develop critical thinking skills.
Activity Two: Guided Reading
The second activity we will do is a guided reading session. In this session, we will use short texts suitable for the age group we are working with. We will be using books that are slightly more challenging than what they normally read, but not too difficult that they get discouraged.
Before we start the session, we will discuss the five-finger rule with the children. We will explain how it works: if they come across five words on a page that they do not know, then the book may be too difficult for them.
Now, we will hand out copies of the books to each child, and they will take turns reading. We will also encourage each child to ask and answer questions about the text. This will increase their comprehension skills and help develop their critical thinking skills. We will also teach them the importance of context clues and how to use them for understanding the text.
Activity Three: Storytelling
The third activity is storytelling. Children love to hear stories, and this is a great way to develop their listening, comprehension, and imaginative skills. The story we will tell will be based on the book we read earlier, “The Cat in the Hat.” We will use props and storytelling techniques to make the story more engaging and interactive.
After we finish the story, we will encourage children to re-tell the story using their own words. This will help them build their vocabulary and enhance their memory skills.
That concludes our mock library session with a special emphasis on the development of reading skills. We hope that you found it informative and useful. Remember, reading is a pleasure, and we should encourage our children to read as much as possible. By doing so, we can help them develop their literacy skills, which will benefit them academically and personally. Thank you for participating!
2.How can you incorporate digital reading habits/ skills among children, as a Librarian?
There are several ways to incorporate digital reading among children:
- Use e-books: Encourage children to read e-books on tablets, smartphones or computers. E-books are easily available online, and they offer a convenient and economical way to access a wide range of books.
- Audio books: Audio books are another great way to promote digital reading among children, especially those who struggle with reading or have a learning disability. They can listen to stories while following it on the screen.
( Audible is one such app.
Kukufm is another example)
- Interactive reading apps: Interactive reading apps offer a fun and engaging way to promote digital reading. They offer interactive elements that respond to swipes and touches, adding a fun-filled experience where children can interact with the story.
- Reading Games: There are also several reading games available online that encourage children to read while engaging in fun activities. These games can be used to introduce children to new books, improve vocabulary, and build interest in reading.
- Virtual Libraries: Many libraries now offer virtual libraries where children can browse through books online, download e-books, and participate in book clubs or discussion groups. This is a great way to promote digital reading while still connecting children with the resources of the local library.
( I visited many blogs of KV Librarians, with virtual libraries.)
- Videos and webinars: Use online videos and webinars to introduce children to new authors, genres, and topics to pique their interests and expand their reading horizons.
3.What activities do you suggest to attract young readers to your school library?
- Host themed events: Plan events around themes like science fiction, fantasy or history. These events can include book readings, interactive games, and crafts related to the theme.
- Book clubs: Form student book clubs around popular books and authors to encourage students to read and discuss their reading with their peers.
- Reading challenges: Create fun and engaging reading challenges for students to participate in, such as reading a certain number of books within a specific timeframe, or encouraging them to read books from different genres.
- Reading buddies: Pair older students with younger students to encourage mentorship and reading together.
- Virtual book clubs: Host virtual book clubs for students who aren’t able to meet in person, allowing them to still engage with their peers in reading and discussion.
- Library ambassadors: Appoint student library ambassadors to help promote the library and its programs to their peers.
- Author visits: Organize visits from popular authors to speak with the students and answer their questions.
- Co-curricular activities: Cooperate with teachers to create co-curricular activities, book fairs, and book-related activities.
- Collaborations: Collaborate with other libraries, particularly public libraries or university libraries, to provide the students with access to a wider variety of resources.
- Create an inviting space: Design the library space to be colorful, fun, and inviting, with comfortable seating areas, displays of books and related items to create a cozy reading environment for students.
4.Why do you wish to become a librarian?
I would like to become a librarian ( one can frame any 2-3 of the following points)
- Passion for books and reading: I have a deep love and passion for books and reading, and want to share that love with others.
- Desire to help others: Librarians often work with people who need information or assistance, and I have a desire to help individuals find what they need.
- Interest in technology: With the advancement in technology, librarians are now using technology to improve their work and make information more widely available, which is why I gott attracted to librarianship, to work with the latest technological tools.
- The opportunity to share knowledge: Librarians have the opportunity to create programs and activities that impart knowledge and skills to others, which can be incredibly fulfilling.
- Job security: With the important role that libraries play in communities, many individuals want to become librarians because it offers job stability.
KVS pays handsomely to librarians, so I prefer to work in KVS.
- Flexibility: Librarians have the flexibility to work with pune to principal, treating all equally as readers, irrespective of their position.
5. How to enhance reading skills among children?
As a librarian, one can enhance reading skills among students by:
- Promoting reading: Encourage students to read by promoting book clubs, reading challenges, and book fairs.
- Recommending books: Provide reading suggestions to students depending on their preferences and reading level.
- Providing reading materials: Offer a variety of books and organize them in a way that makes it easier for students to find what they are looking for.
- Conducting activities: Organize activities such as storytelling, read-alouds, and writing workshops that will help develop students’ interest in reading.
- Engaging parents: Encourage parents to read with their children and to promote reading by providing reading lists or hosting reading events.
- Creating a reading-friendly environment: Provide a comfortable and cozy reading place within the library where students can comfortably read and enjoy their books.
- Supporting struggling readers: Provide support to struggling readers by offering extra reading help, setting up a reading buddy program or referring them to specific resources.
- Monitoring reading progress: Keep track of students’ reading progress and celebrate their achievements to motivate them to continue reading.