Do you need some ideas for your classroom library organization? Here are 5 tips to help you set up a system that will be easy for you to manage and the students will enjoy!
1. Books, Books, Books – Where do I get them?
Scholastic Book Club
First things first….you need books for your classroom library. And you need lots of them! So where do you start?
One of the best things you can do is send home monthly Scholastic Book Orders with your students. It’s a great way for kids to get books of their own that are high quality and inexpensive. Parents love to buy books for their kids, especially for holidays, and when you send these order forms home you make it convenient for them to shop.
But the best part for you? When students order books, you earn bonus points that can be used to get free books for your classroom. I have a classroom library with hundreds of books and most of them were earned with Scholastic Bonus points! It’s totally free for teachers to sign up, so get on over there and make an account!
Garage Sales and Thrift Stores
Garage sales and thrift stores are another great place to buy bargain books for a fraction of the original cost. Summer is a great time to get out and hunt for these bargains. You can often find great books for your library for only .25 each!
Don’t underestimate the power of asking for donations. Send a letter home to parents or even make a Facebook post. Often times, people have children’s books laying around that are no longer being used after kids grow up. They would love to donate them to your classroom and know that they are being put to good use!
2. How do I store all of these books?
Ok, you’ve got your books….now what do you do with all of them? You will definitely need some bookshelves and plastic bins to store your books. While you’re out there hunting for books at garage sales…keep your eye out for some old books shelves. Remember, a can of spray paint can make even the oldest, dingiest shelf look clean and refreshed!
The best place I’ve found for plastic storage bins is your local Dollar Tree or every teachers favorite store, Target! Dollar stores have the perfect size plastic tubs in bright colors that are great for your library storage and the best part? They are only $1 each! Which is great, because you are going to need a lot of them once you get that library built up!