07-18-2008, 09:54 PM
I am a K-4 librarian. I like to do a yearly theme. I have done rainforest, western, camping, ocean, and this year will do an enchanted fairytale forest for the first time.
I decorate the library according to each particular theme.
For the Camping theme I had a small tent for a reading area. small pine trees, stuffed woodland animals. ice chest with books in it. picnic table with books displayed.
With the ocean theme I had a boat that kids were allowed to read in, and an old trunk with books that the kinders could take books from and read without having to worry about where the books are to be returned. There are lots of ocean items to use. I put pvc pipe above my desk and attached raffia to make a hut. Put Nemo, and Little Mermaid beach towels on the wall, and hung cute floaties from the ceiling. Used flip flops attached to leighs for bathroom passes.
Rainforest has been my favorite so far. I went to an army surplus and got mosquito netting and hung from ceiling, and attached frogs, monkeys, and greenery. Also found green raffia from Oriental Trading that I hung from the windows to look like grass. I used a turtle sandbox for the kinder books.
The young and older kids all love the different themes. I incorporate mini themes throughout the year around holidays,seasons, etc.. But keep the main theme up all year.
I am going to start teaching the Dewey Decimal system to the older students this year. I would like to have 4th graders help shelve books during lunch recess. I will have a sign up sheet for interested students.
My fairytale theme is still in the process.
Good luck with whatever you decide.