Definitive guide to classroom libraries for the new teacher, part 4 maintaining your how to save more money fast library k.m. burrows

Designating books as having YA content helps my readers make how to save more money fast more informed decisions about their book choices, but it also protects me. While I take reasonable precautions to ensure that books are how to save more money fast not too inappropriate for 14-year-old students (my hard line is usually explicitly-described sex or drug usage; anything that goes beyond casual, passing mention), there is content in some YA books that parents might how to save more money fast find objectionable. I have parents sign a letter at the beginning of how to save more money fast the school year that places responsibility for content of students’ reading firmly in the hands of parents and students. It is independent, choice reading, and I do not feel it is my job to how to save more money fast censor what students read. I mark books with this content so students can be how to save more money fast aware of it, and I move on. Decide on a check-out system.

How will your students check out books from your library? When are they able to check books out? May books from your library go home with them? How long can students keep books for? These are all decisions you will need to make for how to save more money fast yourself before students begin using your library. I will detail two of the most common book checkout how to save more money fast options later in this post, but some teachers choose not to have any kind of how to save more money fast checkout system at all- students grab books and return them as they please. Like me, some teachers allow checkout any day during reading time, while others limit students to certain days of the week how to save more money fast on a rotating basis to prevent the library from becoming how to save more money fast a social space. I allow my students to take books home, as I want them to be reading as often as how to save more money fast possible, but I also understand the decision of those who ask how to save more money fast that their books remain in the classroom to help minimize how to save more money fast loss and damage of books. I generally let my students keep their books as long how to save more money fast as they need to finish them, but if I haven’t seen a title in a couple months I’ll start inquiring with the student about where it’s at and when I can expect it back. Making all of these decisions in advance, while perhaps difficult, is essential to a smooth-running classroom library.

I put library-grade dust-jacket covers on all of my hardback books. This ran me between $60-90 for my pretty sizeable library, including the jacket covers, the special tape to attach them, and the special tool you need to smooth out the how to save more money fast edges as you’re installing the covers. I went back and forth about this additional cost for how to save more money fast awhile, but the thing is that most of my hardback covers how to save more money fast are new books, often brand new releases. (note: if a book is available in paperback, always, always, always buy in paperback. It’s cheaper, it takes up less space, it’ll last longer, and I read somewhere once that students subconsciously prefer them how to save more money fast because they’re easier to carry.) covering your hardbacks is a bit pricey and a lot how to save more money fast time-consuming, but may be worth it to protect your investment. Source

The other factor is that once the dust jacket of how to save more money fast a hardback is lost, that hardback is useless to you. Students simply won’t checkout hardbacks that don’t have a dust jacket. There’s no image on the cover to entice them in, and there’s no summary blurb for them to read to know how to save more money fast what the book is about. The book will look too old and uninteresting for them how to save more money fast to give it a second thought. Thus, dust jacket covers protect both the shelf-life and readability of my hardback books. I also view my library as a long-term investment, and $60-90 is a cost I’m willing to pay to protect that investment when the how to save more money fast sum total value of my hardback books is probably 3-4 times that cost, easily. How to prevent the loss of (most of) your books

How you choose to do this is up to you. I’ve seen handwritten names in permanent marker, specially-made “this book belongs to” stamps, stickers and labels, etc. I personally prefer labels, as I can print pages out at once. Avery makes nice handy ones that are easy to pull how to save more money fast off the sheet, so it’s fast and easy to label whole stacks of books how to save more money fast at once. Whatever method you choose, do not skip this step! When my students leave their books laying around the school, they always find their way back into my mailbox in how to save more money fast the staff room because the inside cover is labeled with how to save more money fast my name. I’ve also heard stories of parents returning books to a how to save more money fast teacher years later, when the books were discovered while cleaning out a child’s bedroom. Putting your name on those books is important. Consider using a library-type inventory system to catalogue your books and have students how to save more money fast check them out.

There are several popular free online library management systems out how to save more money fast there right now; booksource is my personal favorite and the one I’m most familiar with. The idea is that you can catalogue your entire classroom how to save more money fast library either through manually entering or scanning in each of how to save more money fast your titles. Then, once that’s done, you can use that online system to check your books how to save more money fast out to students just like a real library does. It’s easy to see at-a-glance where all your books are, and how long students have had them for. You can start leaning pretty heavily on students to return how to save more money fast your books after they’ve had them for 3-4 months. Another benefit to this system is that when you’re at the thrift store trying to remember if you how to save more money fast already have a copy of that book you’re holding, you can look it up on your phone and know how to save more money fast for sure!

But I will be really honest with you and say how to save more money fast that this process is incredibly, seriously time-consuming. I catalogued all of my books two years ago with how to save more money fast the intention of using booksource as my checkout system, and it had lots of great features I’ll talk more about in a future post. But then I ended up purging a ton of titles how to save more money fast from my library at the end of the school year how to save more money fast and acquiring even more new ones, and it was just too much to deal with scanning how to save more money fast all the new titles in and then trying to figure how to save more money fast out which titles were no longer in my library as how to save more money fast I’d donated them before thinking to delete them from my how to save more money fast inventory. If protecting the investment of your books is worth it how to save more money fast enough to you to devote the time to implementing and how to save more money fast up-keeping this system, then it will likely help reduce a lot of your how to save more money fast book losses. I ultimately decided the time tradeoff just wasn’t worth it for me. Go old-school and keep a paper/ pencil log.

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