Librarian Michelle Colte designed the new Daniel K Inouye Elementary School’s Library with bright colors, cool furniture on wheels, lower book shelves for the younger readers, lots of reading nooks, great book display areas and a smooth floor for tech toys. Instead of a teacher lounge Michelle got permission to turn the room in the library into a Maker Space!
Librarian Carrie Wong has wonderful volunteers who decorate her Kaleiopuu Elementary School Library with different themes for her book fairs each year. Last fall 2016’s theme was “Reading is Groovy”. I wonder what her theme and decorations will be this year?
Last fall 2016 Kualapuu School Librarian Greta Martinez shared with me this activity she started at her school with all the students to bring awareness about kindness and how we all do small acts of kindness every day and they multiply! What a timely and relevant activity to teach, model and share kindness.
Whenever I walk into the Sacred Hearts Lower School Library, I feel a warm open welcome. Librarian Laurel’s bubbling personality is definitely one of the reasons. At the same time, about two years ago, using existing furniture and equipment, Librarian Laurel redid the Sacred Hearts Lower School Library layout. She rearranged the tables, chairs and book shelves as well as lowered the book shelves so students could both better reach and see the books. She created a strategic layout of the small library to draw you to the books. The library is usually bustling with students though I took these photos after school and during the summer so there’s no students in them. I am fascinated at how Laurel used what the school already owned but in a different way to create amazing results.
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Kapolei High School Library is decorated with READ posters of administration, students and celebrities. Librarian Sandy made the school READ administration and student posters with Photoshop or purchased poster templates from The American Library Association (ALA). She also purchased celebrity READ posters from ALA. What a great way to encourage reading.
Teachers, mentors and peers do influence what students read. When my daughter was in the third grade she mentioned that her teacher said the Joy Luck Club was a really good book. She wanted to borrow it from the public library as it was not at her school library. I told her that book was something to read when she got older. She did eventually read the book in high school and agreed it was not for a third grader. At the same time, I am quite sure she picked up the Joy Luck Club to read all those years later because her teacher said it was a good book!
Ft Shafter Library has their entrance display case filled with Pokemon to advertise their Pokemon Scavenger Hunt for the end of this month. Librarian Chris said she and her staff made the Pokemon from lego-like kits and origami. I saw the kits sold on amazon. What a great way to tie into the Pokemon Go craze!
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.