Fun Ideas for Middle School Library Orientation

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

I will see my first middle school library orientation classes 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!

You can find lots of great ideas for middle school library orientation 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…

Upper-Elementary and Middle School 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!

See it here

“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!!! It’s a perfect way to begin your middle school library orientation!


Kid Snippets: “Library”

No middle school library orientation is complete without some discussion of volume in the library. In this video, 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 library orientation, but it is very necessary for our new sixth graders. I included the Google Slides version I use–please feel free to download and modify to suit your needs. This could easily be adapted for middle school vs. high school libraries for ninth grade library orientations.


“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 collection of library videos from me would be complete without a clip from my favorite TV show of all time! This Mr. Bookman guy is hilarious–even Jerry can’t help but laugh when he talks about pee-pees being drawn in books. This one is probably best for the adults, but you know I had to include it!


Conan the Librarian

Here’s to a great school year!

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