Some 7th and 8th Graders at Fort Madison Middle School got to go Book Speed Dating in honor of Valentine’s Day! Ms. Jeffries, 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts Teacher and Ms. Bentler, Librarian, at FMMS started the annual “Book Speed Dating” event 3 years ago!
Book Speed Dating, comes from the idea of actual speed dating, except it allows the students to filter through a wide selection of books to find one they like to continue dating, or in this case reading! Students start at one table and choose a book to preview for 5 minutes, they can read the back of the book, front of the book, or even begin reading it. At the end of the five minutes, they switch and move on to another table to start the process over or they can stay where they are and keep reading!
The tables have their own themes – like hopeless romantic, books that will make you ugly cry, and more. The idea behind the event is to create a fun activity to get the students to explore the variety of books available to them and so they can leave with one they love and want to continue reading.