Middle School Boys Enjoy A Night At The Library

What makes Middle School boys want to stay late after school? A fun-filled Night At The Library that involves food, sports and games, all focused on the boys’ love of books and reading.

Crescent’s second-annual Night At The Library on October 25, 2019 was an evening of bookish fun for 22 students from Grades 7 and 8, along with one Upper School student volunteer.

“Our Night At The Library is designed to celebrate reading,” says Trish Cislak, Crescent’s Head of Libraries and Director of Research for the Crescent Centre for Boys’ Education. “Research shows that reading has many benefits, including improving academic performance and empathy. We created a fun, experience-filled event to build a love of reading in our Middle School boys."

Arriving in Crescent's MS/US Library at 3:30 p.m., the boys settled in to enjoy activities that included:
  • Decoding scavenger hunt clues using information found in library books
  • Enjoying a dinner buffet inspired by classic stories (including meatballs and noodles from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, roast beef sandwiches á-la Sherlock Holmes, and cherry turnovers in honour of cherry-pie-loving Spider Man)
  • Sampling treats such as “butterbeer” inspired by the Harry Potter books, Turkish delight inspired by the Narnia books, and a chocolate fountain.
  • Talking to author Susin Nielsen (whose books include Word Nerd and No Fixed Address) via Skype
  • Competing in a Kids Lit Quiz trivia contest with questions about children's books
  • Defending their favourite books in a “Best Book” tournament where they had to make their case in 30 seconds or less
  • Playing Quidditch in Crescent’s Field House (without Harry Potter’s flying broomsticks or magical snitches, but a local Quidditch team coached them in the finer aspects of the game)
The boys also brought donations for the Children's Book Bank, a charity that provides free books and literacy support for children in high-needs neighbourhoods in Toronto.

The event wrapped up at 8 p.m., sending the boys home tired, happy and with new lists of books they want to read.

Learn more about Crescent's Middle School

Read about Trish Cislak's research on boys' reading habits