Nonfiction Book Bins

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I have always used bins in my fiction collection to help students find series books more easily. I began using bins in certain sections of my nonfiction collection to enable students to more easily find nonfiction books they were looking for. It was much easier for the littlest students to locate the sports, arts and crafts, and pet books once they were in bins. Book bins were a lifesaver in the chaos of kindergarten and first grade book checkout. If I was helping one student and someone else wanted help finding dog books, I could tell them to go look for the blue basket with the dog picture. This helped them be a little more independent instead of just standing and waiting for me … Continued

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Slippery Bookends Quick Fix

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My library is seriously lacking in the bookends department.  My shelves are metal and have adjustable supports that slide along the top of the shelf and hang down to hold books up.  They’re similar to this:   Wire Book Supports. N.d. Demco.com. Web. 11 May 2014. As soon as a few books are removed from the shelf, the other books just slide under the hanging book end and make a huge mess.  The kids can’t adjust the hanging book ends because you have to squeeze the metal arms together while you slide it and they pop out at you if you aren’t careful.  If you have any suggestions about making these types of supports work in an elementary school, please let … Continued

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