3. Plan library policies and procedures.
Plan out classroom library policies and how you will explain them to students. A tri-fold “brochure” is nice, or posters around the room explaining policies. Involve students in any of the decision-making and management of the library, and consider assigning “junior librarians” jobs around the library.
- Prepare a physical place for children to put their books at the end of the day; make it easy for children to keep track of the books/page.
- Determine a number of books students may check out at a time. Consider book baskets for children to collect books they want to read later.
- Design a wait-list system for books; this can build excitement and make sharing books fair.
- Plan who will re-shelf books and how. Consider indicating where books go on the spine: either 1. color-code sections of the library with stickers or washi tape; or 2. print labels for individual books that match labels on the shelf, then adhere labels to the spine with clear tape.
- Design a system for children to check out and return books. Older students may enjoy helping manage the check out system.
Spreadsheet Check-out System: You may use sophisticated checkout systems like https://classroom.booksource.com/ You may also prefer a simple checkout spreadsheet: to complete digitally or print and fill out a hard copy. .
Card Check-out System: Write each student’s name on a notecard. Store the card in a box. When students check out or return books, make not on that students' notecard.