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Saved by Analine Johnson
on October 27, 2010 at 8:47:21 pm



BUILD A POTATO WORKSHOP - This a great library promotion you can use at any time of the year. I usually use it to kick off the begining of the year and the opening of the library. It's relatively easy and you can tweek it easily to fit your campus size.



The potatoes were done at home and I really don't have directions other than what is posted on the flyer. All grades are included PK-5th. Each year I have so many good ones that I make categories up so that I can include a lot of winners. Every year I end up picking 3 winners for PK-2nd with two honorable mentions and 3 winners for 3rd-5th with two honorable mentions. All the winners receive gift certificatics to the Scholastic Book Fair, so in all I give out $100. I don't designate 1st, 2nd or 3rd place because they all get $10. They are simply announced as winners. I service 900 students and 50 teachers, so I limit the amount of potatoes that come to the library. Because believe me, you will get a lot of potatoes. The teachers choose three to submit per class. I pass out flyers a week in advance, usually on a Thursday or Friday which allows students and parents the weekend to gather materials. Students are not required to bring a book with their potato but some do. If they don't, I do my best to help them out and find one that matches their potato for display purposes. Also, keep styrofoam cups handy. Turned upside down, they work great as potato stands.

WARNING: Don't display the potatoes for more than a week and especially not over a weekend. If they are punctured they will start to rot, so display them from Monday through Friday and then send them home. I usually do a gallery walk so that the kids can see them.

If you missed the photos you can see some here. I will be adding more monthly. Have fun and enjoy! Send mea link to your potatoes and I will post them to the wiki.







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