Destiny Catalog

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I just discovered an amazing setting in Destiny: showing TitlePeek images during checkout!  I have been working with my K and 1st graders to scan their own cards and books and I usually ask a parent volunteer to supervise or do so myself because not all the youngest students can easily check that their book titles are showing up on the screen.  They know if it’s their account because they look for their name and picture but when it came to the books, I wasn’t sure they really knew all their books were checked out.  While I was looking to change the sounds Destiny makes, I found an option to show the Titlepeek images during check out and check in! … Continued

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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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