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A Good Idea for Your Library: Kids + Books + Instax

The school year is nigh and our annual open house is Wednesday. I’m always wracking my brain before open house to come up with a fun way to interact with families about books.

A couple years back I set up a photo booth with my laptop and kids and teachers could take a picture with a favorite book. Then I printed them out and hung them in the window of the library before the first day of school. It really turned out cool. Kids loved looking at it.

While I was setting up the library the other day I realized something – my daughter got an Instax camera a couple Christmases ago. So this year, I’m bringing the book selfie back. But instead of me having to print out and hang up all the pictures, kids will be able to get their photo instantly and hang it up themselves – upping the ownership.

So while the film isn’t cheap, I think it will definitely be worth it. Might be something to try in your library this year.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.