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Old 04-26-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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I am in need of a new library checkout system. I would prefer an online based check out system, as the writing down system is taking way too much time.

I also need to revamp my classroom library organization. I have been using baskets, but it seems it may be too young of an organization for my students.

I have been teaching for over a decade and I want to revamp my systems, but need suggestions for what works in your classrooms.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


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I have used this site in the past with success.
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Honestly, I do not use a check out system. I tell the kids to take them, read them, and return them. If I lose a book or two per year, I don't fret. It saves so much time and work.
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I was just going to post this exact same question. I've stopped letting the kids check out of our classroom library and have kept them to online reading and daily trips to our school library. I don't have any tips as this is totally one of my weak points, but I'll be keeping a close eye on this thread.
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Thank you for the suggestions. I think I need to think about my goals for having a classroom library.


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If students take them home, they just write it on a sign out sheet. For use in class, no checkout needed.

Yes, I have lost books through the years. But at least they're in the hands of kids.
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I don't have students check out their books. Tried it and it was just an additional job for ME. But I do have a great organizational system that I mainly got the idea for from Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer). I have general category baskets, specific baskets for certain authors, specific baskets for popular topics (sports, horses, etc. ) and specific baskets for popular book series.

I put round stickers on each book cover with the number of the basket it belongs in...but here's the great part. There can be more than one basket with the same number. For example, I think I have four baskets for realistic fiction, so they all have the same number and a book can be returned to any of them. If you add more books in a certain category it's no problem!

#0-9 are my general genre baskets, #11-19 are for specific topics, #20-29 for book series, and #30-39 for specific authors. There are some numbers that aren't even used for baskets yet but are available for the future if needed.

Donalyn recommended using the clear plastic shoe boxes (without lids) for book bins.
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I've organized my library in many different ways over the years. Here's what works for me (elementary, both primary and upper grade):

1) Don't have a checkout system. It makes more work for you.
2) Label your books - Picture Books, Reference, Nonfiction (I used to have it separated by subject, and may go back to that), Fiction (we use AR, so I have it separated by level), Series (Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, etc).
3) Get the clear shoeboxes or other plastic baskets and label them with the subject.
4) Let the kids take books from the library! My rule is they have to have one book at their desk at all times, which eliminates problems when I get a phone call, or a visitor enters the room to talk to me.

Have a basket in the library for students to return books when they finish. Once a week or so, go through it (or have a really responsible student do it), and reshelve the books in the correct place. It takes 5 minutes of my time if I have to do it, and it's well worth it.
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Old 04-30-2017, 02:32 PM
 
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I don't make them check books out. I lose some, but kids bring me in books they don't read any more for the library, so I figure it evens out.

I number my baskets and number the books. I love this because the kids can organize the library and it takes about 5 minutes!

I organize by genre in baskets and some favorite authors. I have some baskets by level.

Kids have to have: one book they just finished, one book they are reading now, one book on deck, one "stolen moments" book (nonfiction, magazine, poetry, etc. to be read if they finish something early). They are not allowed to shop during reading time.
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I agree with the above posters. I have limited my classroom library this year, because so many of my students abuse books. They have access to the school library and to my classroom library. There is always a book available to read, just not hundreds to search through in my classroom.


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Me too. It is an amazing site. I also assign 4 students to be the classroom librarians and they do all the work. Check out, return, shelf the books, help students find books they are looking for. I have the app on the 4 students Ipads and they do it during the day when they have time or right after lunch (silent reading time) when we are waiting for lunch workers to return.
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Old 05-14-2017, 11:45 AM
 
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I teach second.
Each child has a book box and keeps 5-7 books in it for independent reading. Books from my room stay at school.
Books from the school's library can go home or stay. They get to check out books twice a week from the school library and whenever in the room.
I no longer do a check out system, and yes I probably lose a few books a year. But I would even without a system. It simply isn't worth the time or effort.

I do have a few voracious readers who want to take one of mine home on occasion-they just write it on a notecard and show me the book when it comes back. Once in awhile I even have students from previous years come ask for a book-Goosebumps, wrestling, and Boxcar Children.
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