One of our volunteers as parents showed her favorite books to me so enthusiastically, and she explained those books in a lively way, which was a very motivating moment. I was thinking what are the reasons behind it. When you find or read a book, which more or less means to you a lot, you want to share how good it is with other people. Her direct reflection suddenly becomes so dynamic/reliable to persuade me more than any other vendors such as the library journal, subscribing magazines, and on-line reviews, which you do not know who is who. I thought this should be shared with other parents/students/teachers openly. They could be golden resources for students/parents/teachers out/inside of our community.
All remixed/reused/recombined again!
In addition, every Wednesday’s program titled ‘Smith’s bookshelf’ within World Business Satellite(WBS) TV Tokyo on air every weekday starting from at 11:00 pm has come to my attention. A well-known person recommends his/her beloved book ever read to the TV audience, and give enough reason to support his/her view on how it could/might have influenced on or/and changed his/her life. This is very dynamic enough to give a chance to the audience to get interested in a book, which otherwise you might not even get to know.
I was thinking of how or why it has been so successful that every book introduced to the audience every Wednesday via that channel tends to be sold more than ever after the program is released to the media. Is it the person himself or herself that introduces his/her special book to the audience?
The reason behind it makes sense to me when that thinking process reminds me of one of my days in our library, in which one of our lovely/enthusiastic readers as parents’ volunteers shows her memorable experience via a book, whose story intervenes with some parts of her days spending with her children in another city/country. This story has an appealing element of environmental issues exposed to readers, and all of a sudden, another extra value thanks to her story has been added to that book by one of our parents.
I always have difficult time when mystery readers come to our library to look for the best book to be read to the specific graders. There are plenty of books, and each book has its quality, which I recommend to them since they of course ask me to suggest any interesting books to attract students. There are three steps I always follow. I ask parents what kinds of book they want to read to students, and I show them the new book shelf and the mystery readers’ special collection, which I have already collected/selected beforehand.
Remixed with Mixi and Smith’s shelf
However in the end, it is parents themselves who choose what they want to read to students no matter how attractive a book I select is to me as a library staff. One of the solutions to such a limited information from me and her/his overwhelming will/vigorous power to look for a special book at a special occasion as a mystery reader’s role suddenly all get connected with an idea built upon Smith’s shelf, Mixi and our regular reading activity ; mystery reader organized by KG/JS classes. This is what we call remixed. As long as it is transformative, it could be away from copyright law/issues, and it could be protected by the notion of fair use. Let’s see how we could get it started!
We will have an online readers’ suggesting book relay station for the whole community of our school in touch with other people, who live in outside of Japan including peers and experts in UK, Singapore, China and Switzerland.
Possible connected/collaborated people would be our school community including our students, parents, teachers; the whole or some parts of families of my ex-colleagues, who live in other sides of this world ; my friends’ families living in other countries ; students’ friends living overseas
Students→Parents→Students→Teachers in Japan get in touch with each other connecting to those people in other countries.
The autonomous participation:
Each parent/student/teacher will be a navigator of his/her loved book to be suggested to each other to read it to mystery readers(, which specifically relates to our school’s reading activity) for instance. Mystery reader is normally a signed-up volunteer as one of our students’ parents, who picks up a book to be read to a specific class. Students love this activity so much.
Hopefully this station will become a resource for them to look for books, which otherwise they would never think of.
This differs from other vendors in the sense that if your acknowledged/related people around you recommend their interesting books, they become more attractive/reliable ones to read. More intimate relationship to books might be made.
How I should prepare:
Students will set up a main station using Weebly, which our school has got pro-account. Since this would be my trial project to see how it could work, I would register it by myself at first with free account.
In the case that this could work well, be developed into demanding and promising station(, which must be approved officially by our school.) its account could be upgraded into pro-one(premium). This stage’s necessity would depend on how well this is actively connected/collaborated with out/inside of our community.