This paper examines a public library that channeled and enhanced children’s expertise through a program called Wrestling Club. It shows that by validating children’s interest in a nonacademic topic, librarians can motivate them to willingly take part in authentic reading and writing practices. The paper also suggests how a high-interest subject such as professional wrestling can become a vehicle for academic development.
Sensenig, V. (2013). Building After-School Islands of Expertise in “Wrestling Club”. Occasional Paper Series, 2013 (30). Retrieved from http://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2013/iss30/6