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Checkout management

posted Oct 30, 2016, 2:49 PM by Jim Windisch   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 7:01 AM ]
My classroom library checkout system has always been pretty loose. I've come to terms with the fact that a few books go missing each year, but I'd rather have that happen than create barriers that keep kids from checking out my books.

Book checkout forms - single page

My copies of the Idaho Kids Vote Book Award books are a little different. Although I only have two copies of each book, I want to ensure that as many students as possible get to read them. My solution has been to create a binder with a checkout page for each of the books. I'm training my kids to write down their names and check the calendar above my bookshelf to give themselves a two-week checkout. If they need more time with a book, they can talk to me and get an additional two weeks. You can find one and two page versions of these checkout forms on the Helpful Documents page.

To further help us share these books, I'm emphasizing some further checkout guidelines. Students are encouraged to check out the Kids Vote Award books only when they are ready to read them. They shouldn't be checked out as an "I might read this next." book. I hope the two-week checkout will help with this, too. I'm also asking students to bring these books back immediately after finishing or abandoning them. If they want to re-read or come back to it, they can check it out again after other students have had the chance.

Do you have great ideas for managing these books in the classroom? Let me know and I'll share your ideas in a future post.