Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

This is my first linky party, and I'm SUPER excited! Maybe just a little embarrassed too! I'm linking up with Sugar and Spice for Wordless Wednesday!

So I work very hard each year to organize my library, and this is how it ALWAYS ends up by the end of the year.  Do you have any tips to offer on how you keep your classroom library neat and functional all year?


  1. This is SO hard! And, I'm so anal that I hate when books are put in the wrong spot!!! I make sure to go over (and over, and over, and over) the correct way to put books away at the beginning of the year! Also, I make sure that my kids ask me if they don't know where a book goes before just putting it in a spot (next year I plan on having a bucket for books that kids don't know where they go). Instead of just having labels, I have also had pictures of characters or books on the front of the baskets/tubs which really seem help! Can't wait to get some great ideas!

    Teaching with Crayons and Curls

  2. In my classroom jobs, I have a job for the librarian. I usually let 2 kids to it and let them stay in at recess to organize the books. They love it and take it pretty seriously! I also have a book return that students can stick their books in when they are done, so the librarians can go straight to the book return to get books to organize.

  3. Congrats on your first link! Mine was two weeks ago :) I use bins with laminated labels that have both pictures and words so that it makes it easier for the littles to put the books away. I also have a classroom librarian who not only organizes our library, but also gets to pick out his/her favorite books for the week to go on display.



  4. Oh my gosh! I have the same problem! I wrote a blog post about this a while ago. I spent FOREVER leveling all my books, I bought bins, and labeled all my books then putting them in the corresponding bins. I have been on my students about putting the books back in the right spot. I also have two library helpers assigned to organize the library each week. I have to say it has totally helped out!
    Endeavors in Education

  5. I don't allow my students to return the books to the bins. I also have a library card check-out system. They can trade books each week and they are only allowed to have up to 5 in their bin at a time. Also, each book has a corresponding sticker.
    Teaching Ever After

  6. I am SO anal about this! My books are organized by genres/topics. I made address labels with the matching genre/topic for the inside of each book. This summer I also spent countless hours labeling all my books with AR labels that show the quiz number and level of each book. So, each book has two labels on the inside cover - genre/topic & AR. When kids return a book, they open the front cover and read the label. Then they just match the label to the correct bin. I taught students how to work the bins during the first week of school and it has worked like a charm!

  7. When you find something that works, please let me know!! Mine looks like this already and we are only 3 months into the year!!
    Learning to be awesome

  8. :) Yay for your first linky!! Thank you for linking up! :). My baskets have the topic and a picture label on them. That same label (smaller size) is placed on the books in the basket. Even my non readers can then just match the picture in the book to the picture on the basket. :).

  9. We only "book shop" once a week so after I just do a quick scan to make sure it is neat and tidy. My students are very serious when it comes to their library, they like knowing where things are so they keep it that way. We even have students from other classes shop from our library because it is so big and organized.
    Frampton's FUNdamentals