|Display case highlighting Jane Austen Week.
Here's how I set it up:
- Pick a week when there are no other conflicts on the school calendar
- Advertising- Daily bulletin, fliers, display case
- Word-of-mouth invitations to library loyalists
- Pass out event tickets to kids who want to attend so that they can bring their food into the library during lunch period.
- Select a Jane Austen DVD that is short enough to be shown in five lunch periods (no longer than 100 minutes.
- Create trivia questions about Jane Austen and her books
- Shop for prizes. I bought a used antique teacup and saucer for my trivia winner. Look for Jane Austen books on sale, Austen paraphernalia (this year I found note-cards and J.A. advice book.)
- Invite teachers to attend also during their lunch period.
- Get DVD and projector ready
- Greet students and handout trivia questions. Give them a few minutes, then go over answers. Most students know very little about Jane Austen and her books with the exception of Pride and Prejudice. Do a little "teaching" here and there.
- Each day talk about some aspect of life during Austen's time (Regency Period), her books, manner/customs, etc. for less than 5 minutes.
- Show one-fifth of the DVD.
- Collect trivia for points. The student with the highest point total wins the grand prize on Friday.
- Give out daily treats like a shortbread cookie, a cup of tea, a J.A. Bookmark
- Encourage students to check-out her books and/or any of the many sequels written in recent years.
- Gush. Allow kids to gush. Many will fall in love with Jane Austen because of this introduction.
|Grand Prize winner Alicia S. on 3/11/11 (Photo published with permission)
- "Let's get together and have a slumber party and watch all Jane Austen's DVDs in one night."-a group of girls talking to each other after events of the second day
- "Jane Austen Week was the highlight of my school year last year." - a member of library club (official- sponsoring club) to another member
- "Let's do it again next month!"-said to the librarian at the end of day five
- "I checked out one of Jane Austen's sequels, The Diary of Mr. Darcy. I'm so excited to read it."-said to the librarian by a new Jane Austen devotee.
- "Remember being called a Janeite is like being called a nerd. Can't hurt our feelings. We like being nerds. Same thing goes for being called the derogatory term Janeite. We like that label."- Mrs. Bennett to the group
- "I love Jane Austen! All her endings are so romantic!"- one girl to another
Note: If you are a teacher/librarian and you'd like to host a Jane Austen event in your library, I'd be happy to share any of my trivia questions, bookmarks, and handouts with you. Share the wealth!