October is National Book Month and who supports books better that a book truck? Okay, so maybe librarians, avid readers, writers and of course teachers… but still there are fun ways to incorporate library carts, book trucks, book returns and reading materials into October lesson plans. So we’ve thought out of the box and jotted down a handful of creative excuses for you to decorate your book truck.
According to American Library Association figures, the number of librarians focusing on improving their facility’s technology continues to grow. Statistics also show that out of the 121,160 plus libraries in the U.S., at least 3/4s of them offer patrons access to an array of digital content. For those libraries that wish to become, or are already part of the digital age, having the right equipment is key.
As more and more library patrons require computer access while researching materials, computer ready furniture is a must. Computer terminals or computer kiosks are not new to the library scene, and have traditionally had their reserved area among the rows of books. They hold a stationary desktop computer and are still a valuable asset for those in the community who would otherwise not have computer access.
Ocoee Middle School in central Florida impressed the queen of daytime TV, Oprah Winfrey, and received a makeover for their school library. In conjunction with Target, the middle school library received a complete library makeover, 2,000 books and all new computers. Furniture from Paragon were used in the makeover to create a fresh new library that invites students in to spend more time reading. Check out the video that showcases both the new Paragon library tables with sleek curves and the ultra cool Wave Kiosk.
The Ocoee Middle school was awarded this gift after impressing Oprah with their flash mob video presentation of a twist on a pop song with a literal meaning. They were granted rights by the Black Eyed Peas to re-arrange their song “Gotta Good Feeling”, to create a literary awareness song called “Gotta Keep Reading”. Here’s their award winning video:
Worthington Direct (www.worthingtondirect.com), a supplier of school, church and early childhood furniture and equipment for over 10 years has expanded their product line to include all of the quality booktrucks manufactured by Smith System. There are many styles available and every school department can find a use for these bookt rucks that go beyond just carting books.
School’s today are increasingly adding roving teachers that share classrooms and have to carry their supplies all over campus. With the aid of a Smith System booktruck, they can tote their lesson plans, reference books and teaching peripherals across campus in style. Available in 13 fresh colors, they can sport their school colors or choose different colors to easily identify a certain department’s cart.
National Library Week is April 13th -April 19th, so go visit your local library and see some of these library booktrucks in their natural environment. Their sloped shelves are great for keeping books, DVD’s or other media in their place while in transit. Booktrucks are also available with flat shelves that allow easy reshelving of large picture books or maps. Smith System uses soft-tread, dual wheel casters that won’t shimmy like single wheels so the library will remain a quiet place for reading.
Worthington Direct is offering discount flat shipping rates for all of their Smith System booktrucks. Whether you need a new booktruck for the library with sloped or flat shelves, an Everything cart for the teacher who shares a classroom or the Gorilla Cart that hauls it all, buy from Worthington Direct and save! Order 1 or 2 book trucks and the shipping is $85, order 3 or 4 and the shipping cost is only $99! With gas prices on the rise, these flat-shipping rates can really add up the savings.
Booktrucks by Smith System are all Greenguard Certified, which means that you can breathe a bit easier knowing that your students have proper indoor air quality. These helpful carts are all welded, fully assembled and are sure to be a teacher’s best friend for years to come.
Other great library furniture carried by Worthington Direct includes library tables, library chairs, library bookcases and library study carrels. Perhaps instead of outfitting an entire library, you want to create a reading area inside a classroom, well Worthington Direct can help there too. Browse their website at www.worthingtondirect.com for early childhood furniture that includes big book display cases, media book towers and the always-fun reading train station.
About Worthington Direct: Worthington Direct has been in operation for 11 years with an employee average of 13 years experience in the school supply, church and equipment industry, and knows what is important – selection, service, price and timing. www.worthingtondirect.com Our goal is to make your purchasing job easier.
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