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A World of Readers: Libraries Around the World

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A World of Readers: Libraries Around the World

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Ridley Park, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



Students visit library websites from a variety of places, including Hong Kong, Kenya, and Scotland, to develop a global perspective and a broader understanding of the types of library services available throughout the world. They discuss services offered in their community and then form questions regarding the availability of library services in other parts of the world. Working in groups, students access library websites to answer teacher- and student-generated questions. When they have completed their research, students share their findings with classmates and compare the services available in distant libraries to their local services.

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Edmunds, K.M., & Bauserman, K.L. (2006). What teachers can learn about reading motivation through conversations with children. The Reading Teacher, 59(5), 414424.

  • Students' motivation to read and their reading achievement are highly dependent on their access to books.

  • Interviews with students reveal that exposure to school and community libraries can provide the motivation to read and explore new books.


Kapitzke, C. (2001). Information literacy: The changing library. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 44, 450456.

  • From the earliest days of written language, cultures throughout the world have felt a need to develop libraries to serve as repositories for their printed, visual, and audio artifacts.

  • Libraries are affected by social, cultural, and technological changes. Libraries respond to change by instituting rules, rationales, and practices, which in turn are socially and economically productive or counterproductive for patrons.

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