Independent Check Out

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A few years ago when I started using library centers, I also revamped my check out system. I used to check out books myself but I moved toward letting kids check their own books out. I flipped around my circulation computer so it faced out toward the library and taught the kids how to scan their cards and their books. With a little practice, independent check out took off! This year I set up a more official check out station since I have a real circ desk and the space: I’ve now introduced independent checkout in 3 different schools with 3 very different populations. It’s worked great in each school. When students are checking out their own books, I am … Continued

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Library Cards

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I have always used library cards to help with book check out.  I’ve seen many other ways of doing check out – a binder with class barcodes printed out, using Destiny’s homeroom option and selecting students’ names, and library name tags with barcodes. I’ve tried a few different ways but library cards have always worked best for me. In the beginning of the year, passing out cards to each class also helps me learn names. I tend to pass out cards until I know names and kids know routines and then I start putting them in a basket for the kids to retrieve when they’re ready to check out. I color code my library cards so they’re easy to organize. … Continued

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Washi Tape

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I’ve Tweeted about this a few times already but washi tape is my absolute favorite new thing this year!  My friend @mkschoen got me hooked when we decorated her library before school started.  Here is a sign we jazzed up simply by adding tape. I think this tape was actually Scotch Expressions which was more like a regular Scotch tape texture, where washi is like a masking tape and I find easier to use. Before: After: Since then, I’ve used washi tape on tons of different things in my library – some functional, some decorative. Functionally, I’ve used it to define areas on my whiteboard like my center choices board: and to help identify library neighborhoods like my graphic novels: … Continued

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What are we learning?

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Happy New Year! I just got back from an amazing trip to Disney World with Mr. Lodge and am feeling refreshed for school tomorrow…although I wouldn’t mind a snow day Friday! One of my resolutions is to get back in the habit of blogging, even if it’s just small things going on in the library. I’ve been feeling like I don’t have much to share because most of the year has been spent teaching routines, reviewing call numbers, library neighborhoods, and Destiny catalog. One thing I meant to post about earlier in the year is my “What are we learning?” board.  It fills an empty wall next to my Smartboard/Center Choices board.  I made it out of construction paper in … Continued

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