As the clock struck 7, the participants of the first ever Library Sleepover (SNAB) started arriving at the library. Immediately energized by the atmosphere, Year 7s to Year 12s were ready to begin the event. The evening kickstarted with storytelling time in which participants were encouraged to read books to small children of the teachers who volunteered as chaperones. As small children and members of the sleepover ran around trying to find the perfect book, the library had never been so lively. Soon after the toddlers departed, library leaders called participants to the Harry Potter inspired Great Hall to announce the T-shirt competition winner and hand out goodie bags.
Prior to the sleepover, participants were asked to upload a t-shirt design. The winning design would be printed onto the SNAB iconic t-shirt. After reviewing the submissions, library leaders decided that the design by Zeira Mistry is the product of a passionate reader!
At the Harry Potter themed Great Hall, banners of the four houses were hung across the ceiling, and a warm fireplace of the Gryffindor common room was projected onto the wall with ambient sounds playing in the background. In here, the readers enjoyed a Hogwarts-style dinner.
Afterwards, participants and leaders were immediately launched into the planned evening activities. The three teams: Demigods, Arena, and Gryffilpuffs, were rotated through three main activities. This rotation would be known as the Readers Hunt. The overall winner of this hunt would receive the exciting prize of a 100,000 VND voucher to one of the best bookstores in Saigon; Fahasa.
The Readers Hunt consisted of the following activities. First was 'The Escape the Library', a challenging activity that required the recall of famous book quotes, spells, and the use of logic. Participants were guided through the library with the goal of unlocking the library door in order to escape and continue on their quest In the least amount of time possible. Secondly, in a different room, members were given a choice of five extracts from a variety of books such as “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, “Throne of Glass”, “Eragon”, and “Oathbreaker”. Each team was given 25 minutes to read the extracts and act them out for the camera. The third and final activity, was the bookmark competition. Students were given a bookmark template on which to draw anything their imagination conjured.
Once the Readers Hunt was completed by all teams, they were called to our ‘bonfire’ to listen to a love story between a reader and a book. In truth, the story was a riddle that contained instructions for the next activity of the night, 'Blind Date With a Book'. New books yet to be released to the public in the library were wrapped in colorful paper and labelled with misleading blurbs that capture their interest - “wizard, internet, twins” that encouraged students to engage in exploring new titles in the library, embracing the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
The winning team for Reader’s Hunt was the Demigods and Jamie Ee in Year 12 won the Bookmark Competition! Congratulations to all!
Overall, the first library sleepover has been a success where students and teachers all had a great time. Thank you to all those that made the SNAB possible, with a special mention to our wonderful library assistants Ms Trang and Ms Tien, and to all those who partook! We are looking forward to the our next library events!
Ms Linda Breard, Head Librarian shares her thoughts on the first library sleepover, "I was so pleased when the Student Library Leaders decided to organize a sleepover to promote reading! Their whole planning of the event was centered around the love of reading and learning. The Sleepover itself truly allowed participating students to share their passion for books with each other, while discovering different genres and new books. The discussions carried on late into the night! It is such a fantastic thing when students learn from other students!"
The Student Librarian Leader Team