Over the years, managing my classroom library has been a struggle. I want to be sure that the students are able to get to the books with ease, can check them out to read at home or in class, AND are held accountable for bringing them back (since we all know that each and every one of the books in the library were purchased with my own money!) I really haven't found the perfect solution to this library dilemma. So here is what I have settled on...for now.
My students are free to browse my library during any free time they have (sometimes I even assign it during Independent Work Time as a May Do) and I encourage them to check books out of my library. When they have chosen a book from my library, they then fill out a Check Out Slip.
When they have filled out the slip, they simply place it in an index card filer (I know there is a better word for it, but I can't think of it now!) where it stays until they are done with the book. When it is returned, the kids put the date it was returned, and leave the card in the file.
If you want to see how I set my library up, here is a post about it. I really am in love with the set up! (it is the check out that I am only so so with)
What system do you have in place to keep track of your library books? PLEASE share, as I know I would always tweek mine if there is something awesome out there I haven't thought of....as I am sure other readers would too!
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