Scratching out a Reader’s Advisory

What is Scratch?

Scratch is an online tool that helps teach kids to think creatively and learn the basics of coding.  With Scratch, one can create interactive videos, games, animations, and more.  Scratch was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Group, and is provided as a free service for everyone.  Not only can you create your projects on Scratch from scratch (pause for laughter), but you can also “remix” projects made by other users, and redesign them to suit your needs.

The possibilities of what can be done with Scratch are almost endless!  Even one of the developers of Scratch, Mitch Resnick, was surprised at the ideas that users had and created, as can be seen in his 2012 Ted Talk.


Scratch can be used for a wide variety of things, such as creating simple and complex games, to creating holiday and birthday cards.  As a project for my Design and Production of Multimedia class  I created an interactive reader’s advisory using Scratch.  This interactive reader’s advisory was based off of a read-alike list for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, found here

I chose to create a reader’s advisory scratch partially because the day before this scratch project was due, my partner and I gave a presentation on our read-alike list for A Monster Calls, and because I thought that it would be cool to present a reader’s advisory in this fashion, giving the choice of topic to the viewer of the scratch.  I found that it was a cool way to blend together what I was learning in my multimedia class with what I have done in my materials for young adults class.  

Creating this scratch was very (very) time consuming.  I had to find the right sprites to use, code everything properly so that certain sprites disappeared when weren’t needed and appeared when needed, and make sure to create a proper dialogue between the “teen library” and the “patron”.  The easy choice to make when creating this scratch was the music.  Classical music seems appropriate for libraries to me, and one of my favorite pieces is Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 in G Major performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Click the picture below to check out the Scratch!

scratch 1

 

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