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Taking too long to check out
Old 10-18-2013, 03:25 AM
 
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Hi All-
Was wondering if you have any tips on this? I circulate and help them find books, but there always seem to be a few that just can't make up their mind. Then I find we are yelling (our library is pretty big), 5 minutes, 3 minutes, and it just seems to defeat the purpose of a quiet place, but I have another class coming and the stragglers just end up over staying into the next class. So, any ideas? tips? time management ideas?

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Depends on grade level
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Kinders and firsts need a lot of support. Do they know how the library is set up, fiction versus nonfiction? Topics?

After that, by second they should be familiar with where things are. I tell my seconds you have 30 minutes to find two books, one at your level and one free choice. If they haven't done it in 30 minutes, they just don't get any books. After two weeks of no books, they figure it out.
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Self check out
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Although I am in a middle school library, several elementary librarians in our district allow students to check in, shelve, and check out their own books. I've never thought that I would want to do this, but those that do say they will never do anything else.

Each child has a folder (which could be color coordinated by class/grade/teacher, etc.). Inside the folder is the child's name printed boldly and his or her bar code. For those with Accelerated Reader, a sign off sheet is also stapled to the folder.

As students enter the library, they pass their book/books under the return computer's scanner, check to see that it scanned, and then shelve the books themselves. I think a good bit of time is spent early in the year in the lower grades to ensure that students know what they are doing on the computer and in the shelving.

I would think the Easy and Fiction sections would be easy since it is alphabetical order, and the nonfiction is usually not too advanced. For example, instead of 613.345, it might simply be 613.

When they are ready to check out, they go to the check out computer, scan their bar code and then their books.

Still not sure I would do it, but it seems to be used a lot around her.
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