Here are some ideas for promoting reading that will be particularly appropriate in a secondary school setting.
Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)
Many secondary schools have school-wide SSR time. Be sure students have access to quality reading material during this time. Put together book boxes for classrooms full of high-interest items, which will appeal to all types of readers such as magazines and graphic novels.
Ask for student input into reading promotion. Don Valley School and Performing Arts College school in the UK involved Year 10 boys in an ‘Apprentice-style’ challenge. The students were given a day and a half to find ways of promoting reading for pleasure and then presented their ideas to staff, parents, and other students.
Work with teachers to develop the library collection
Ask each department for help in developing your collection so students have access to books that reflect all areas of the curriculum. Work with teachers to plan events that involve the library. For example, choose a text for your reading group that matches a current history topic or invite drama students to perform in the library.
Family book clubs
Family book clubs work particularly well at secondary level and students and parents may be starting to share books at home. Invite parents to attend reading groups, send out lists of recommended titles, and ask parents to come speak to students about their reading lives.
Build a school-wide reading culture