I love the library I work in. I love my giant circulation desk with all of its counter space, the huge windows that let me see the sun shini...
Book Tasting Activity Packet
Everything you need to host a book tasting. Expose students to different genres and get them engaged and excited about reading.
Tricks to Getting Library Books Returned - Lessons by Sandy
The end of the year in the library brings many stresses, but the biggest one for me is how to get library books returned at the end of the year. I’ve tried making announcements in the morning and handing out certificates for classes to post on their door showing that they have turned everything in... Read more
Fortune Teller Library Display
Or do you call them Cootie-Catchers? One and the same, my friend. The point is, here's an idea to help patrons figure out what to read next. Like so: I originally saw the idea on MLISsing in Action, which actually has all kinds of fun passive displays. But I decided to make my own version of the fortune teller idea: free printables included! Here's the sign and here's the cootie-catcher. There's four versions in the cootie catcher file: the first is what you see: I filled mine all in with…
Would You Rather Library Questions FREE
Do your students love the Would You Rather game? Mine do! They love being presented with two choices and deciding which alternative is the best for them. Capitalize on their love for this game by using library-themed questions! Keep the game relevant for the library by presenting students with b...
South East Library on Twitter
What a fantastic idea for Poetry Month! Cut out words from various magazines and set them out with paper and gluesticks - diy poetry station!
guerrilla art :: kind bombing with kids
My young writer's group met at the library recently. After we had shared our work and talked about satirical writing, I planned a final project of kind bombing. I showed the kids this video and asked them what they thought of it. They all thought it was awesome and I proposed that we did something similar right then. We wrote good wishes and thoughts on paper and hid them in books in the children's department. Simple, positive, and a great way to get kids to love writing. They responded to…
Elementary Librarian's Adopt-A-Shelf Program - Elementary Librarian
Adopt-A-Shelf is something I’ve been considering for my library for some time now. A few weeks ago, several librarians were discussing it on my state’s listserv, so I thought I would start it in my library for the upcoming school year. I’ve been working hard on all the materials so you don’t have to!
Back to School with 10 First Week Lessons
The first week of school is unlike any other week of the school year. We are tasked with getting to know 20+ students and establishing a classroom community while still teaching them classroom and …
School Climate - Building Community
If you read forums for teachers, job satisfaction surveys, or listen to conversation in the teachers’ lounge you will often hear a common theme in the complaints of teachers. Teachers who are unhappy feel unappreciated and unrecognized for their hard work. Although a raise would put a smile on teachers everywhere, this may not be possible with the current state of economics. Have you read Malcom Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point? One of the examples he gives in his book is the NYC subway…