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Where do you put books for return?

A few yrs ago, I purchased a red cart that sits near the circ desk. Students know to put books on the red cart for return, but they can not take books off of this cart. Red means STOP! Don't take a book from here without asking! It helped to color code.
Additionally, for the last 2 years, we were able to schedule all classes from each grade on the same day, so we placed a book cart in the hallway of each grade level on their library return day. That way, students could return books first thing in the morning on the cart, and we didn't have kids trying to return crates of books from their class. It was a safety issue for us, b/c half our classes are upstairs. :)
(Jamie Camp)
Imagine that this is RED! Demco does have red carts! :)

Book Return

I see my classes on a fixed schedule - 5-6 classes each day. I have 6 rolling crates, and on the morning of a class' library day, a library club student brings a crate to that classroom. Book return becomes part of the classroom morning routine for that day, and I get all of the books for that day within the first hour of the school day. This way, all books are checked in when the class arrives for library time. Of course, if a student has not finished reading a book, they should keep it and bring it during library time for renewal.
(Tiffany Whitehead)
I have a fixed schedule and see 5-6 classes a day. When the students come in, they place their book(s) on the circulation desk and I scan them in right in front of them. This gives me an oppurtunity to ask the student, "How did you like the book?" Then each student places their returned book on the cart, spine showing, label on the bottom. If the student wants to renew their book, I check it in then hold it behind the circulation desk and they ask for it later. Often a student will change their mind about renewing. I like this because all the books are returned before I start the lesson. If a student fogot to bring their book, he/she has to stay in line and tell me the book is at home. The student gets an X for the day which is marked in my grade book. (Paula Daubert)
I have a fixed schedule and see 5-6 classes a day, also. I do not have a morning period to check in all of the books for the day. The students bring the books with them and check them in at the circulation desk at the beginning of each period. I greet each student and encourage them to say something about what they thought of the book being returned. I work in a K-1 school and we practice setting our books on the shelving cart with the spines showing. Our book drop is for the books teachers return during the day while I am working with classes. (Donna Bills)

I also check in books at the beginning of each class, but I use this time to teach a little about library organization. I use the "town" approach when teaching library organization, so we have Everybody Town, Fiction Town, Biography Town and Non-Fiction Town in our Library Land. I have a different cart labeled for each town. After a book is checked in, the students place their book on the correct cart (I call them trains to carry on the theme). This provides authentic practice in recognizing spine labels and goes right along with our lessons on using OPAC. (Pam Morris)

Book Drop or Not?

When my library was remodeled (before I started there) they included a lovely book drop into the circulation desk. Last year, though, I realized I was reaching into the book drop over 100 times a day, and that bothered my shoulder. Now I put a cart in front of the book drop (like the red cart above), or we ask the kids to bring their book to place on the counter if they are on a pass. Over 29,000 circulations a year makes me consider ergonomics! (Regina Hartley)
I had a lovely book drop put in my circ desk as one of the last things the contractors did before they were done with our beautiful school, but I, too, never use it because I can't bend over all day getting books! We use a simple return basket for kids who make special trips to the library and carts in the morning for classes coming for their weekly library visit. (Catherine Trinkle)
I have a book drop but we never used it for the same reason. Why would anyone want to reach that low to retrieve books? (Book Drop = FAIL) (Keisa Williams)
We designed a book drop that has a springboard bottom. This way, we only are taking books from the top of the pile. As the load gets lighter, the books move up. (Sarah Ducharme)

K-5 Student Self Check-IN


Last school year I set up a self-check in system for all library books. I set up a separate computer right on top of the check in bin (that is now a storage area). The computer system only displays the check-in screen and the scanner trigger was rubber banded so the trigger would stay on continuously. This way all students had to do was to walk up, scan their library books, and check the computer screen to make sure their books were checked in. Students (kindergarten - 5th grade) scan their library books and then place their library books on a shelving cart that is next to the computer. The shelving cart is labeled (non-fiction, fiction, colored sticker books). With each library visit, students were continually focusing on if their books where fiction or non-fiction. The shelving cart was always available for students to choose books from (since they are all checked in). Students love checking in their own books and was an great incentive for students to return library books. This made those popular books accessible right away to students and easier to shelve books. (Ronda Deabler)
Media Center video that shows 1st graders using self check in system (along with other fun library stuff).
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Rip Roar Read Report

Idea from Karen Wanamaker's Instant Library Lessons . Students fill out the form and put the book in the "book hospital" box. (Donna Bills)
@keisawilliams Do you have a "Rip Roar Read Report"... on Twitpic
Order a Book Hospital Box!

Autonomy is the New Black

Blog post detailing changes in the library, among them, self-check-in and sorting in the book cart. (Keisa Williams)
This labeled book cart has made shelving much easier. on Twitpic
This is the best book cart on the planet!
I'm also considering having my students shelve their own books per a suggestion by @dickensonr.

Autonomy is the New Black
2nd grader self-checking out a book from the library. #tlchat... on Twitpic

Book Drop

I have a huge DEEP book drop (3') that made it difficult to retrieve books. I filled it with upside down boxes and put down a layer of carpeting (the total depth now is about 10") and it works great.

Barcodes Up

Students at both my schools return their books on the morning of their Media class before the day begins. The classroom teacher usually sends one or two students down with a book basket. The students then take the books out of their basket and stack them neatly on the desk with barcodes face up. I have a sign out on the counter to remind them of the procedure. Then when my media para arrives, we frantically check all the books in and she puts them away throughout the day. The students know they can't check out books that haven't been put away yet. This ensures that more kids get a chance to check out the new titles.