As an addition to A School Library Transformed – Part 6: Easy Street, I’ll show you some pictures of the area now that it’s decorated. I regret that there are no children in the picture – what’s a school library without the kids? – but FOIP privacy regulations do not allow it.
My next request will be a stand/cupboard of some sort for the computer, ‘Sad Books’*, the ‘No, No, Never’ pail**, the Spacer*** box and other library class paraphernalia. The carpet, sponsored by a local business is awesome, but the space is a little too small for 25+ students once they get to about grade 4. Luckily there is a nice open space between Easy Street and the circulation desk were they can sit when we want to gather. All-in-all, I’m pretty happy with it and the kids love it, which is all that really matters.
* Sad Books are books that have had to be discarded because of their condition. There are examples of mouldy, torn, cut-out, dog-eared and other very sad books that I show the little ones so that they can see for themselves books that they can no longer check out (I try to choose tempting ones) because of improper treatment.
**The “No, No, Never” pail contains items that when revealed the kids love to be able to call out ‘No, No, Never’ or ‘Happy Mr. Wiggle‘ when they discern whether or not an item (sizzors, bookmarks, glue, book bag, etc.) should be used with library books.
***Spacers are numbered, 10x30cm strips of coloured corrugated plastic that our students are taught to use to hold the place of the book they are looking at. Other libraries call them different things. What do you call yours?
Read the whole series of the transformation of my K-12 library to a modified bookstore model here.
6 responses to ““Easy Street” – Decorated (Part 6a)”
you have a really nice library. It looks very friendly — all it needs is a dog!
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Have you ever thought of getting rid of your circulation desk (since you have an office) and placing all your circulation materials (laptop, barcode scanner, cards, stamps etc) onto a mobile trolley and you move around to check items out for students and freeing up a fair bit of space.
I have, and since this I have halved the circulation desk. The problem is I have to be central for test/study supervision when I don’t have a class in and so I catalog and process books there as well. But you’ve got me thinking again…:)
I have limited space and very old shelves that don’t accommodate picture books and nonfiction books well, I’ve begun switching to buckets. I’m always looking for attractive nice sized book buckets. Can you share where you got yours.
Gosh. I can’t remember now. Could have been Canadian Tire or some dollar store. Maybe Walmart? Sorry. They are just wash tubs, like for camping.