How do you organize your classroom libraries?
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What have other people done?
I'm thinking about that same question. I have a ton of books on all different ages and levels.
I student teach in Sept (I am an older student though, I have three daughters :-)
I'm thinking & heard from other teachers it is really going to depend on grade level and amount of room you have. Some teachers (gr 1-3) said they start the year with a small amount of books and add to it each month so as not to overwhelm the kids and to also always have new books coming in.
I would be interested in hearing what others are doing.
Have a good day,
So a gradual-building library, I like it!
I had a database on my computer (which was stolen, and I stupidly didn't make a back-up copy), which listed titles, authors, themes, genres, and reading level. The database helped me look up books that might interest young readers as I could sort by theme, or reading level especially. Since I'm now in Kindergarten, all of my chapter books are boxed up and taking up an inordinate amount of room in my garage. Eventually I plan on adding them to my account here, and I can tag them with RL, genre, and classroom library.
I won't get to the student teaching stage until Jan, but since discovering LT always figured it would be part of organizing my classroom books...
#2 Here's to the older student! We're older but wiser...? (my 3 are sons though)...
My biggest investment is my class library. I'm about to finish my first year of teaching and whew... it's been a long one, but my library has grown!
Thrift stores, garage sales, Scholastic, and book warehouses are great places to find really cheap (but good) kids books. That's where I mostly check and buy. In Hampton Roads (Virginia), there is a program called REACH and they give away literally thousands of books each year... teachers and parents can just go by there and pick up however many they want.
Donors, department stores, and thrift stores donate to this program, and it's pretty fabulous. Their aim is just to get the books back into childrens' hands.
Another good place to find books is at library sales and used book stores. There is a store here in Houston (TX) called Half-Price Books. You can take books and get store credit. Our elementary school library does a book swap each year. Our teachers will donate adult books for the librarian to take to Half-Price. She then buys children's books with the store credit to help get books for the swap. If you have a store in your area like this, maybe friends and family would be willing to give you their old books for you to exchange.
Also, anyone in Chicago should check out The Rochelle Lee Fund, which is all about giving high quality children's literature to teachers.
You can check out my organizing scheme on my profile page under "tags used for inventorying".
This past school year was my first year (self-contained, special education 8th grade). I taught math and spread some interesting books around the classroom. Before class and after class my students actually picked up the books and read them! I think just having access to them spurred their interests.