Spotted Hale Kula Elementary Librarian Michelle Colte and her children in the summer 2015 issue of Honolulu Family. Pick up the free magazine and check out the article on Michelle’s suggestions on how to “thrive” this summer.
Here are more details on how Leihoku Elementary Librarian Terri Tanji checks out student books.
Students pick up an assigned box with their classroom number as they come into the sitting area. They go to the check out table and pick up a shelf marker when called on for attendance and go to the stacks to browse and bring books back to the check out table. They return their shelf markers to the box on the table. On that same table there is a box of post-it’s and pencils. They write their name and sit on the floor reading their books while others are finishing up. When all students are back (about 10 min), they place their post its below the barcode so it is easier for Miss Jenn to check out. They put their books in the box before they go and fix the shelves…they have the responsibility and ownership of their stacks although they often need to be fixed later by Miss Jenn or the Library Club. The boxes are then taken to Miss Jenn for check out on days she works. Terri then does her lesson.
Miss Jenn has a class list of barcodes and zaps each patron by the post-it note attached. She then scans the barcode if the account is cleared. If not, a reminder note is printed for missing or overdue library books. When all books are scanned, a class report is run and placed into the box for delivery along with the overdue notices. She then logs which box was sent out so she can track the return of boxes. The library club delivers boxes after lunch to the classes. If they don’t finish, Miss Jenn takes the rest of the boxes before she leaves for the day. Boxes are returned to the library after books are passed out to the students. The students and teachers know which books are their books because the post its are still attached. The post its then become a book marker for the student. It works as best as it can, when it gets busy, teachers forget and Miss Jenn has to go and track down the boxes, but she knows exactly who has which box/cart because of her log.
Kindergarten has pre made barcodes attached to shelf markers. They just place the marker into the front cover and Miss Jenn checks out the books to the student on the marker when the box is brought to her. From 1st grade up they are expected to write on the post it.
Bobbye Yamamoto, Castle High School Librarian has a table dedicated to a jigsaw puzzle that students, teachers and staff are working on. When I visited earlier this year they had completed five puzzles. The puzzles are very popular!
Holomua Elementary School Librarian Ruby Arita uses many book stands and display racks to showcase book covers and encourage borrowing. The stands and racks are all over the library on the floor, on top of book cases, and at book case ends.