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Old 10-14-2020, 04:04 AM
 
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For those of you who are face to face, how (if at all) are you using class libraries? We are currently virtual, but I'm trying to plan for the future, and to have a good idea to approach my principal with so he doesn't just say none at all.


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We are virtual too. At material pickup, I gave kids 4 weeks worth of books.

When we go back to the classroom, I'll have kids do the same. California Health says that if the books have 24 hours to sit then they can be redistributed. So I'll have kids return the books on Friday and get new books on Monday.
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We couldn’t come up with any great ideas, so we kind of just threw up our hands and did the best we could. Kids are supposed to wash or sanitize hands before looking for books - I’m letting them get up to 5 books (4th grade) - and then again when they finish. When they finish their book, they put it into the “quarantine” book bin, which I empty on Monday mornings.
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We just started hybrid. I gave out ten books per student last year and only got about half back. Many were mine so I am not doing that again. We weren't sure what we were going to do in person. They need books! Final decision was I picked out books on their level (I know, not ideal.). I have two bins in my room--Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. When they are done with the books, they go in the bin for 72 hours. We only had one in person day so far so I don't know how well it will work.

My public library is also quarantining books for 72 hours.
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Old 10-14-2020, 03:31 PM
 
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My kids have their books for guided reading. Some kids have books from home that they keep in their desk. For others that need books, I grab a few from the class library that has been displaced and give them a choice. They can't touch the book, but I show it to them and read the blurb to them. They keep the book at their desk and can only take it home with special permission. When they are done, I quarantine the books. I quarantine everything for a full week. Not ideal, but we have been in school for a month and no covid cases to date!


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Old 10-14-2020, 04:01 PM
 
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We are in person.

Here is what I do.

I ended up scanning all of my books onto the "Book Source classroom Library app". Students then use that to view the books I have and then fill out a form with their name and the title for the book they want. I then check it out for them, so they aren't digging through the bins. Then they return it to a bin and I let it sit for a several days before I put them back on the shelf. My biggest thing was them touching all those books. I'm sure that wouldn't be a big deal, but I wasn't sure of the protocol on that, so that was a way to let them get books while still not touching all kinds of books.
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Old 10-14-2020, 06:47 PM
 
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I'm going to let them take books to keep in their desk. They will sit before going back on the shelf. I'm just using my shelf that shows the front covers so they don't have to touch them - just grab the one they want.
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Old 10-16-2020, 05:24 PM
 
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I'm teaching in person and have a very low class of Grade 1s and 2s.
I gave each student a bag with 5 books at their (approximate) level.
The bags get handed in on Monday when I hand out their second bag of 5 books.
On Thursday, I switch out the first set of bagged books so they are ready to go on the following Monday.
Not ideal, and a lot of work for me, but at least the kids are reading. I'm still getting to know my class and their preferences, but so far no one has complained about the books they have gotten.
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Old 10-17-2020, 03:44 PM
 
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Thanks for all the ideas!
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