1. DVDs and/or Blue Rays. Yes, public libraries do this a LOT....and it's a great service they do for the public. School libraries should also take a queue from the public libraries and add this as a collection in the library. I did this a couple of years ago and interest in it, both on campus and with students, has been really positive. I stocked it with "books to movies" DVDs because if they won't read the book, maybe...just maybe...they would after seeing it. These were both recent and classic books to movies (is Holes considered classic yet?) and it seems like the amount of books to movies for children and teens is never-ending. All of them are rated PG-13 at the high school level (and miraculously, that included Nicholas Sparks!) so I didn't cross any invisible lines. And you can get creative too. Yes, all of the Avengers movies and DC movies are included because hey, graphic novels count! And of course I had to slip in a few movies that teens should watch, like Gremlins and ET, among a few others. But think about the displays and pairings you could make with them! Kids and teachers will thank you for this small but important part of the collection pie.
2. "If you don't read it with your eyes, it isn't considered reading." Yeah....right....BUT I challenge those who say that to try audiobooks! I'll admit it, I was a purist too. But then I found myself in a situation of being on long drives in my car and wanting to keep up with the latest YA reads. All it took was for one excellent high school librarian to "show" me an audiobook and I was hooked! Now, it's all I can do to not hop in the car and hit play! Why is this collection so important? Because you will have readers in a similar predicament as me. Long bus rides to games, UIL competitions where they're waiting for the results (and the long drive home), holidays flying or driving to destinations and many many other situations where all it takes is a touch of a play button and the book opens up. I am absolutely enthralled with the talent of these readers and the different voices they use to make the book come alive. If you've never tried it, please do! (And if you need any recommendations, I can give you a few :) I'm HOOKED....
3. Makerspace items. Some libraries have them, some don't, but either way think about the possibility of checking out those items to students. During the holidays, I've worked with students on doing what I call "creative archiving" or taking old books and making something with them. Once they learn the skill, why stop at school? Take those glue guns and cute little scissors and add them to the things students can check out to take home and use. It could be something as small as a loom, knitting needles and other small maker items to more substantial items like a portable green screen, cameras or virtual googles. If you truly want your makerspace to thrive, allowing students to take them home may just take that interest over the edge.
'Tis the season to share, and for librarians, it all starts with our collections. Happy holidays, ya'll!!