20 Library Activities for Middle School Students

1. Book Bingo: Create book-themed bingo cards and have students read books related to the spaces on the cards. They can mark off the spaces as they read, eventually trying to get a bingo.

2. Scavenger Hunt: Develop a library scavenger hunt that introduces middle school students to various sections of the library and encourages them to explore new books and genres.

3. Library Olympics: Organize a fun competition with events like speed shelving, book cart races, or trivia challenges. Students can compete individually or in teams.

4. Blind Date with a Book: Display books wrapped in plain paper with brief descriptions written on them. Students pick one without knowing the title and check it out to discover if they enjoy it.

5. Battle of the Books: Select several highly regarded books, divide students into teams, and have them debate which book is the best.

6. Make Your Own Book Trailer: Teach children how to create engaging digital book trailers using video editing software, promoting their favorite titles among their peers.

7. Themed Reading Challenges: Establish reading challenges revolving around specific themes or genres (e.g., mystery novels or graphic novels).

8. Flash Fiction Contest: Host a flash fiction contest challenging kids to write brief stories (around 100 words) based on a given prompt or theme.

9. Library Lock-in: Plan an after-hours sleepover inside the library, complete with book-related games, crafts, and group reading sessions.

10. Author Skype Sessions: Arrange virtual meetings with popular authors to inspire and engage middle school students with reading and writing.

11. Poetry Cafe: Create an intimate space for students to share their original poems, discuss famous poets, or read favorite works aloud in front of an audience.

12. Interactive Book Displays: Organize interactive displays in which students can vote for their preferred books or recommend their favorites to others.

13. Escape Room: Design an escape room activity tied to a book or series. Students must solve literary puzzles and riddles to “escape” the room.

14. DIY Bookmarks: Provide materials allowing children to design and create their unique bookmarks encouraging reading and creativity.

15. Silent Reading Parties: Organize silent reading sessions, during which students gather in the library, read independently, and enjoy snacks.

16. Library Service Club: Form a club for students to assist in maintaining the library, including organizing books, planning events, and creating promotional materials.

17. Book-to-Movie Discussions: Organize discussions comparing books with their film adaptations, analyzing similarities and differences, and exploring how the written word can be translated into visual media.

18. Library Career Exploration: Host speakers who work in various fields related to libraries (e.g., librarians, authors, illustrators) to inspire young students and expose them to potential future careers.

19. Speed Dating with Books: Set up tables with book selections from different genres for timed intervals; students rotate between tables during a limited time-frame, exploring a wide variety of potential book “matches.”

20. Reading Buddies Program: Match middle school students with younger elementary-aged children for shared reading experiences designed to foster a love of literature at an early age.

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