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.
- If students are only allowed one book 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. A clipboard and checklist can be sufficient or something more exciting like a colorful poster.
- 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/ or just simple excel spreadsheet. You may print and fill out a hard copy on a clipboard kept in a central location. You may also share the spreadsheet with student librarians in charge of checkout; they can fill out the check-in/ check-out information themselves.
Card Check-out System 2: simply write each student’s name on a card. Store the card in a box that students or student librarians can access. When students return books, the teacher crosses out the returned books and starts a new line to checkout the next book.