Kim Smith-Harber, Salem High School's Library Media Specialist is working to spice up the school's library in hopes of generating student interest.
She said she revamped the library with a new circulation area, new book shelves and over 100 new books. But what's most exciting is the library's monthly activities, she said.
"I just want to motivate the kids to read more. What I'm doing is giving them some incentive," Smith-Harber said.
Smith-Harber has organized monthly contests that gives students the opportunity to win prizes such as supplies, cash and even computers.
The upcoming contests are: October -- Students can design a book cover of either The Outsiders, Eragon, A Walk to Remember, The Last Juror or Incident at Hawks Hill. Interested students should submit their entry no later than Oct. 19.
November: This month students have the opportunity to write and illustrate an original short story. Submissions should be made no later than Nov. 19.
December: This month Smith-Harber will draw a name from a compilation of students that were caught reading by faculty and staff.
January: Students are encouraged to visit the library to fill out a questionnaire about the high school teachers. Jan. 23 a prize will be awarded to the student with the most correct answers.
February: Students will have to decipher clues given by Smith -Harber to figure out titles of particular books. The contest ends Feb. 22.
March: Students can complete a set of trivia questions. Smith-Harber will draw the winner from all the correct answers. The contest ends March 28.
April: Students will read and be tested over various books from different genres of literature. Students that earn at least a 70 percent on the quizzes will mark off a spot on a bingo card supplied by Smith-Harber. The student with the first completed card will receive the prize.
May: This contest is based on student achievement throughout the year. The two students who read the most state mandated Accelerated Reader books and average at least an 80 percent on the tests will be awarded computers. The winners will be announced May 7.
The following sponsors made the contests possible: Wal-Mart Super Center of Mountain Home, Bank of Salem, Dennis Everett Management Inc., Expressions Salon, Follett Book Company, Bound to Stay Bound Book Company, Junior Library Guild Book Company, White Oak Station, Town & Country Grocery, Leslie Drugs, Salem Drug Company, Miller's Pharmacy and Angela and Curtis Raines.
Smith-Harber said the sponsors will be proud to know that she can see the contests making a difference. "It's great. I've got kids who have already read their minimum (Accelerated Reader books)," she said.