Olympic Fever in the Library


The Winter Olympics begin February 9th, are you ready to celebrate them in your library? There are so many ways you can bring the fun and excitement of the Olympics into your library. Here are just a few ideas:

There’s always the obvious book reading challenge. Of course, with this one you’ll need to start a week or two in advance. Give it an Olympic twist by requiring the books to be about one of the winter sports, former Winter Olympic participants, or the history of the Olympics themselves.


There are endless possibilities when you think about races. You can have timed events with teams putting together a jigsaw puzzle; speed reading competitions; races with books balanced on your head; build a track and race spheros. And of course, cart races—try it on skis or ice skates.

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Consider what you have in your makerspace: get creative with the 3D printer, Legos®, and other materials to build small bobsleighs/luges, create a course, and race them. Use the Voxel builder to create figures representing the various winter sports.

Get your science teachers involved and have students build robots that can ski, snowboard, play hockey, skate, etc.

Have students use their coding abilities to simulate a hockey game or races featuring skiers, bobsleighs, luges, snowboards, and ice skaters.

What are you doing in your library?

Here are a few book suggestions for your students:

Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen (2010) K-2

Henry Holton Takes the Ice by Sandra Bradley (2015) K-2

Great Moments in Olympic Ice Hockey by Chris Peters (2015) 3-5

Girls Play to Win Figure Skating by Chros McDougall (2010) 3-8

Race Down the Slopes by Brandon Terrell (2015) 3-8

Subscribers can read articles like the ones below describing how librarians have brought the Olympics to their libraries. Not a subscriber? Click here to start your 30-day free trial period today!

“Going for the Gold: Transformative School Library Partners” by Valerie Hunsinger

“Leap into Reading: You CAN Keep Leaping for the Olympics” by Stacey Rattner

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