This week I introduced my elementary students to Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. Before reading, I discussed the Newbery and Caldecott awards. I only have 25 minutes with each class so after checking in books, reading a story, and checking out a new book, there is not enough time to do much else. I would like to do more with these classes but I just don’t know how to squeeze it all in. That is something I am going to look more into this summer.
My last big book order came in this week. Again, before I even started processing them I had students asking for some of them. Here is a picture of the first part of the shipment:
The ones on the left side are for my elementary students and the ones on the right side are for the 6-12 students. Minecraft inspired, Ninjago, and Amulet are huge right now for the 3-5 grades. The second part of the shipment came in at the end of the day and had the majority of the graphic novels that I ordered. I can’t wait to get the bigger display set up in the elementary library. My students will be excited to see the new graphic novels.
My bins also arrived this week. I used Scholastic bonus points to order these to help with the Great Elementary Library Organization Project. I am going to put some of the more popular series in these so they are easier for the students to find. Aren’t they cute? I got three sets of these.
One of the more frustrating things I’ve had to deal with this year is that several times I’ve scanned a book for a student to check out only to discover it was in the computer as something else or not in there at all. This has been particularly bad with books in the non-fiction section. During 2nd block on Friday, my student worker and I took one bookcase and scanned each book. I was not only checking to see if it was in the system correctly, but also putting in the location (elementary or high school) so that I will know when I look up a book which library it can be found in. I was shocked at what I found. This picture shows the books from just one bookcase that were not in the system or were in as a different book.
It’s a good thing I started now. Hopefully, we can finish this job before school is out so that inventory will go much more quickly.
On Thursday, I got to spend the day at McKenzie High with my cooperating teacher, Mona. I also happen to be the guard instructor at that school and got to see my guard girls and many of the band students when they came into the library with their classes. Mona and I spent time discussing weeding, cataloging, purchasing, TASL activities, etc. Since we use the same software, I covered for her while she went to lunch so I got the opportunity to recommend and check out books to students. I am fortunate to have Mona as my cooperating teacher. She has been so kind and helpful answering all of my questions during this school year.
Also in awesome news- I spent time this morning in the elementary library and was able to get the pink dot section in order! I am so close to having this library more organized and functional. It’s getting there!