The library has become more user friendly! Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 have started self-checkout. A special station has been set up with a laptop (designated only for checking out books), a keypad, and a scanner. I changed the alert sounds in Destiny so that problems like wrong barcode scanned or overdue items is more noticeable to the students and to me. This way, I can quickly pop over to see what the problem is and help the student.
With a little bit on whole group instruction and a lot of one-on-one instruction, the students began. Students learned how to enter their student number onto a keypad (just like at lunch), then scan the books they want to check out. I found out quickly that students who have an overdue book cannot self check out without an override from me. Once students start to know that they have overdue books, then perhaps they will get more responsive to returning books on time!
Students will be using self checkout during scheduled library classes but also in the mornings when they visit and at any other time during the day. I have the self checkout station set up and leave it up during the day for students to use.
Students are very excited about this new feature in the library. I am excited to have more opportunities to work with students to find books instead of scanning books!
The Mock Newbery Club skyped with John Schumacher, Ambassador for School Libraries for Scholastic, 2014 Newbery Committee member, and @MrSchuReads on Twitter. John very kindly took time out of his day to talk to our group about the Newbery Medal and the books selected when he served on the committee. He also showed the group many of the books on his shelves in his office along with a few dolls/animals of famous book characters, like Harry Potter and Babymouse!
The Mock Newbery group also talked to him about the five books they are currently reading for their Mock Newbery: Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar, Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, and Like a River: A Civil War Novel by Kathy Cannon Weichman. The students were so very excited to talk about these books with John. They were very surprised that he has not read Like a River, so they all insisted that he read it, and soon! We promised to let John know which book our club chose to win when we announce our winner on January 12.
John had a few books that he thinks should win the Newbery in 2017 and showed those books to us: Pax by Sara Pennypacker, Booked by Kwame Alexander, and Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. The group was so excited about the books that John talked to them about and are now eager to get their hands on those books themselves!
A special thank you to John Schumacher (@MrSchuReads on Twitter) for continuing to inspire students to read, even from far away.
The student recommendation displays were on hiatus for a couple of weeks. We hosted our Monster Book Fair the week before Thanksgiving break and then we were on break for most of Thanksgiving. Today I asked four new students to create displays in the library of some of their favorite books. One avid, voracious reader gathered so many books that I kindly suggested she pick just the first one in each series, and she still had quite a collection! I bet you can find the avid reader in the picture below! check out our new student displays.