Fun Ideas for Library Orientation

Ahh, the first day of school! Call me crazy, but I’ve always loved it!

I will see my first classes in the library this Wednesday. We have a book fair coming Thursday, so we will be frantically setting up. I will see one class at a time for orientation, checkout, and book fair. It will be a whirlwind for the next two weeks!

Lots of great ideas from the SLJ blog! I especially love the Library Bingo/PowerPoint game and the Scavenger Hunt ideas!

Some ideas for library orientation, many of which can be used for any grade level:

Library Orientation Scavenger Hunt
This activity helps students in Grades 4-7 explore the library and find important items and places (printer, book return, circulation desk, pencil sharpener, different genre sections, etc.) I used QR codes and a secret message from Dumbledore to help make it interesting. You can edit the scavenger hunt card to suit locations in your library. Directions are easy-to-follow, and it’s a fun and easy way to help students become familiar with the library!

“Bookloose” video by Dowell Middle School students (McKinney, TX)

The students and faculty in this video do such a great job acting, singing, and getting into the music! The boy singing the main song is one to watch–so much personality!!!


Book shelving/sorting game

This game works for students at all grade levels! I am planning to use it to train my eighth grade library aides about pre-sorting books for shelving and shelf order. The games start easy and get more difficult as the levels continue. Project it on a screen or smartboard for a class or use it in the computer lab to practice alphabetical and numerical shelf order. Click “Impatient?” in the corner to speed loading time.

Quiet in the Library

Some really funny kids and adults demonstrate why it’s so important to keep your voice down in the library!


Elementary Versus Middle School

Okay, this isn’t the most fun part of orientation, but it is very necessary for our new sixth graders. I included the PowerPoint I use–please feel free to download and modify to suit your needs.

“All About Those Books” (parody of “All About That Base”)

Good little singers in this one! I love to see so much talent in young people!


“I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie”

This is another video from the adorable Dowell Middle School Library. Definitely some creativity flowing there!!!


“Unread Book” (parody of “Uptown Funk”)

Just try to stay in your seat while this one plays!


Mr. Bean in the Library

Who doesn’t love Mr. Bean? Clean and truly funny, this episode shows students what NOT to do to your library books…


Quiet in the Library! At least the lady in this video is (somewhat) polite!


Mr. Bookman Tells Jerry Seinfeld How It Is

No book left overdue! (probably best for adults on this one–included just for fun!)


Conan the Librarian

Here’s to a great school year!

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