AND MANAGING YOUR
One way to keep your
classroom library organized is to give each child a
sentence strip with his/her name on it. When he/she
goes to select a book, the sentence strip takes the
place of the book they take. That way, they can
easily replace the book to its proper location.
Instead of dealing with lots of cards, one in each
book. Make out one card for each student. When the student
wants to check out a book, he/she writes the name and date on the card.
When the book comes back, the teacher initials the card. For younger
students (my current class is Kindergarten) make a chart with one library
pocket for each child. I let the students copy the title of the book
on a piece of scrap paper and then put it in their pocket. When they
bring the book back, I let them take home the paper.
Submitted by Paula in Arizona
system is the old-fashioned library checkout system
with pockets and cards. Put a pocket in inside front
cover of every book, even your own teacher resources.
Create a card for each book that includes the title,
author, price, and any other important information.
When a student or teacher borrows a book, she signs
the card and gives it you. Keep all of the cards in
an index card box with alphabetical dividers. File
the cards by author, title, or student, whichever
works best for you. When a student returns the book,
write your initials next to her name as proof. That
way if someone else checks out the book but forgets
to sign the card, the previous student won't be
responsible for its return.
I teach 3rd grade. For my check out system I have tried
the library cards, but the kids lose them or tear them out. Now I simply
place a theme book at the library center. I have a library monitor for the
week. Each child writes the date, name of book, and his/her name.
When the child returns the book it goes back to the librarian for that day
or week. The librarian will shelve the book and mark off the name.
This has worked great!
Submitted by Phyllis Johnson
check-out list for your teacher resources. When a
teacher borrows one, write down the date, resource,
and teacher's name. When the resource is returned,
initial the entry. Keep this list with your gradebook
or lesson plan book or create a file for it.
check-out list for materials students borrow. Have
them write down the date, their name, and the name of
the book (and number.) When the student returns the
book, initial the entry.
Instead of using cards for checking books out of my
classroom library, I called the local hardware store. They donated
paint stirrers. I then assigned each student a number and gave them
a paint stirrer with the same number. When a child takes a book,
they place their paint stirrer in its place. When they are done with
the book and want to return it, they know exactly where to put the book
Stacey Smith/ Indiana/Grade 3
To sign out books from the classroom library: at the
beginning of the school year I go to the local paint store and ask them
to donate 25 paint sticks to my classroom in order to promote colorful
reading with my students. I give each child a paint stick to color with
crayons and markers or stickers during the first 30 minutes of the first
school day. I have already printed their names on the stick with large
black permanent marker. The only rule is they may not cover up their
name. Then we share sticks and do get to know you activities, before
learning about the library. When they want to take a book out of the
classroom library, they put their stick in the spot the book was in, and
when it comes time to return the book, they know exactly where it goes.
My cooperating teacher shared this with me during my internship and it
works quite well in my classroom also!
Submitted by F.Keefe/ NH/ Grade 2
student to be the classroom librarian for a day or
week. Rotate through the students, or use it as a
reward. Teach the student your system, then let him
do the work.
I teach high school and have a lot of paperbacks that
have to be frequently carted back and forth to a bookroom. I've
saved plastic red trays from when I buy a crate (24 bottles) of Coca Cola
at my local warehouse store (Sam's, Costco, etc.). These are good
for carting large numbers of paperbacks, have grooved areas for handles
and never collapse. They also serve to store craft projects like the
tubs. In fact, I'm supplying the rest of the English department with
Submitted by Mary Filak
Audio Books/Books on Tape
I was having trouble keeping the
tapes with the books. Then one day I accidentally came across an idea
while cleaning up after my children. One of them had removed a movie
from its case and left the case on the floor. When I picked it up, I
realized it was just the right size for most of the books, and it was thick
enough to also hold the tape. I wrote the name of the book and other
identifying information on a label for the spine. (You could also
print them off on your computer.) The video cassette cases line up
beautifully on the book shelf.