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Increasing Library Engagement (October Challenge)

Who’s ready for fall? With Halloween, pumpkin spice lattes, and cooler weather, October is my favorite month of the year! For our second Library Monthly Challenge, we’re focusing on increasing library engagement.

What Do I Mean By “Engagement”?

All the Challenge tasks this month deal with increasing library engagement. Engagement isn’t just about keeping the library full and busy. It’s not about having the most beautiful library with the best budget and the most up-to-date technology. And it’s not about making yourself crazy trying to plan a handful of spectacular events over the course of the school year.

Instead, increasing library engagement is about getting to know your students and teachers. It’s about organizing lots of smaller activities that reach many different student and teacher interests, every day. It’s about presenting the library as a place where there is always something going on, and everyone is welcome to join in.

Thirteen October Tasks

Because it’s October, I’ve got thirteen tasks for you this month. Now before you run screaming toward the full moon, know that you don’t have to complete all thirteen tasks. You can choose to do one task or all thirteen. And three of the tasks involve planning and communication, which actually makes it only ten tasks toward increasing library engagement.

Each task you complete earns you an entry in this month’s Rafflecopter drawing. This month’s prize is going to be so much fun! I’m going to be the winner’s “Boo Pal.” As we do with teacher “Boo Pals” in school, I will have the winner answer a few questions about likes and interests. Then, each day for five days, I will send the winner a secret gift from Amazon. How fun is that going to be? I can’t wait!

How to Participate in the Monthly Library Challenges

Each month, I select an area of focus for our libraries, and I offer TPT products and freebies to help support you in the challenge. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to gain support from a community of librarians working on the same tasks for the month.

To enter the drawing and participate in group discussions, you’ll need to join our Monthly Library Challenge group on Facebook. There, I have posted a Rafflecopter link for you to enter as you complete your tasks. The group is completely free to join and participate.


Download the October 2019 Challenge packet

Toilet Talkers Freebie

The freebie this month has a strange name, but rest assured that it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with toilets! I’ve created 40 visual booktalks for you to place in common areas around the school. In addition to the backs of restroom stall doors, you can also place these around water fountains, over sinks, in the cafeteria line, or just in the library or classrooms. The Talkers are editable, so you can create your own Talkers for any book you want to promote with your students and teachers.



  • So excited to have discovered this site. I look forward to participating and finding new ways to engage our students. Thank you.


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