As I start getting ready for back to school, my main task this year is my library. Last year was my first year and most of the books I had were my own that I'd collected over time from garage sales and from my childhood.
Through out the year, I stocked up on books from Scholastic during Dollar Days and other books from the catalog that were a great price. This summer, I hit up Goodwill and Ebay.
I scored a great deal on a lot of 20 Animorph books for $8 on Ebay!
Now on to organization...last year I used the Scholastic Book Wizard App to scan books to keep track of which books I had, plus it had the level (I am at a school that uses Guided Reading Levels) so it was fabulous.
I found an app this year called "Books" and I love it! It scans the ISBN barcode but if it isn't in the library, you can either search for it by ISBN number or type to search.
So now I can just scroll through and since I'm a visual person, I appreciate being able to see the covers. Also, I discovered if you click the book, click edit, you can "check it out" to a kid if you wanted and it says "loaned". Then when they return, edit, and click return and it is back to normal.
So Junie B Jones is loaned out. Perfect!
Finally, my classroom library. I have my library organized differently this year. Last year I had levels, then non- fiction and fiction. It was fine and it worked, but I want to broaden my library. This year I will have a leveled section, then my main library will be organized by genres and authors, plus a tub for our class favorites and magazines. Some genres I'm including are historical, adventure, fantasy, fiction, non-fiction, humor, and mystery. It could go even more from there, but I didn't want to get too crazy. It's not ready yet to show you, but here is a sneak peek!