The end of the school year can be a hectic and chaotic time. There is so much to do and not a lot of energy to do it! Between reminding students to return their library books, checking in and shelving the books, working on inventory and end of the year reports, planning fun but educational activities to keep the students' attention and a thousand other things I don't have time to mention, it can...

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Advice for school librarians and media specialists
As we prepare to wrap up another school year we are faced with one of our biggest challenges: getting all those library books returned! I have tried many strategies over the years with varying results. In this post, I am going to share with you some different tricks and ideas that will (hopefully) help get those books turned in before the last day of school.

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Advice for school librarians and media specialists

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elementary school library

Do your students love sharks as much as mine do? My students ask for books about sharks more than almost any other nonfiction topic. And it's all grades from kindergarten to fifth grade. I'm not sure what it is about sharks that they all love so much. Maybe it's the huge mouth full of sharp, razor-like teeth or the fear of getting eaten by a shark. Although I will admit, I have watched shark week...

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school library book check-out

Are you struggling to get all of your students' books checked out in a timely fashion? Do you feel like you are running in a million different directions and not able to answer everyone's question? Have you ever felt like pulling your hair out at the end of a class? I know I have!

Thankfully I have been blessed with an amazing library assistant, so most of the time there are two of us to handle...

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April is national poetry month and if you are not already sharing poetry with your students now is a great time to start. Some educators shy away from reading poetry to their students. Many students think poetry is boring and unexciting. When you tell the kids they are going to listen to some poetry they moan and groan. So what can you do to change this reaction? Read them poetry that they will LO...

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