Our fall book fair at Southwest has just wrapped up. It was another successful book fair with lots of students taking home brand new books. I tend to have a love/hate relationship with book fair. I love the thought of students getting to purchase new books to read and then keep. However, I see many of our students, who can't afford books from the fair, look longingly at the selection when they come with their class to preview. I wish I could buy enough books for all of them to have one of their very own. That, unfortunately, just isn't possible. I do try and take a lot of the more popular books out of the fair and pay for them with Scholastic Dollars. These will eventually make their way into our library collection so that all students, whether they could afford them or not, will have the opportunity to read them. The book fair also provides much needed funds for our media center. It is important to keep our collection up-to-date, providing students a variety of reading choices and providing teachers a variety of titles that will support their instruction in the classroom. So, now that the fair is finished, and my wonderful husband has helped me take all of it down and pack it away, my favorite part of book fair has arrived . . . getting back to teaching my classes and spending our book fair proceeds! Until the next fair rolls around that is . . . how long until February???
It's always a shame to see summer break come to an end. It always seems to go by much too quickly. This summer was a little more anxious than others have been in the past due to construction going on in our school. Along with new heating and air units, which are housed in mechanical rooms just off the library, we were fortunate enough to have all our library carpeting replaced. Don't get me wrong. I was thrilled to get new carpet but it meant all the library books in free-standing bookcases had to be packed up so they could be moved for the carpet. That task alone was daunting, but then knowing all the books had to go back on the shelves before school started worried me, too. The few times I was able to get into the library over the summer almost broke my heart. It looked like a tornado had come through and left a mess in its wake. I was concerned that things would not get put back into place before Open House. However, with lots of hard work, everything made it back to its place, and, I think, looks better than ever. And the new carpet looks amazing! It was well worth all the hard work. Everyone, including the returning students, have commented on how great it looks.
The best part of all, however, is that the students are back and are excited about reading. I had no classes my first two days back, so I was looking forward to finally getting some kids back into the library. The kids were happy, too. They loved the new titles I was able to add to our collection over the summer and they couldn't wait to get check-out started. The only thing disappointing about the first week back was that I didn't have many of the new titles left by the time my last classes made it to the library on Friday afternoon. They were a little disappointed, too. But that just gave them something else to look forward to. This week just reminded me why I love being in the library so much! Now, lets keep the pages turning and the books going out the door!
About me . . .
Formerly a classroom teacher. Currently a School Library Media Coordinator. I loved being in the classroom, but now that I am in the library I can't imagine doing anything else! The library is my favorite place to be. From my rocking chair to my ABC rug to the smiling student faces checking out books, the library just can't be beat!
Learning in the Library
I have a fixed schedule in my library which means I get to see all the students in my library classes each week. This blog highlights some of the things we are learning and some of the great things going on in our library!