If you are a teacher just looking to see what this modified picture book shelving looks like, enjoy the video.
If you are a librarian thinking to tackle a project similar in your space, there are details and photos below!
- Character Corner - famous authors and favorite series
- Animals - Dogs, Cats, Fish, Horses, Pets, Dinosaurs, Birds, Forest, Wildlife, Farm, Insects
- Reading through the year - Holidays and seasonal
- Fairy Tales & Folklore - I have a bigger section in nonfiction, but this is the K-1 appropriate ones
- All About Me
- Everything Else shelf - about 100 books that didn't fit anywhere specific!
Then, because I knew the chaos would be overwhelming, she went off to help by creating and printing subject labels, and I brought in reinforcements - students! A group of 4th and 5th graders de-shelved the books and arranged them using carts and tables, plus some directional signage so I wouldn't be walking around repeating myself. It took several hours for the kids to make piles, and as I did with the fiction section, we had a "I dunno" space, for ones they couldn't figure out. I'll let the photos explain what kind of chaos I found myself in:
What did I do with those uninteresting, nearly-falling apart books? The ones that were still somewhat salvageable I put on a Kinder Kart. Teaching 120+ 5 year olds to care for library books is a challenge at the beginning of the year (and for some, throughout the year). They get torn, abused, and lost so I'm trying something new this year. For the first several check outs, Kinders will select from this collection. The books will be displayed on tables, so it's still a discovery process (and there aren't 22 kids climbing all over 1 cart) and when they can demonstrate proper care of the library books, they'll graduate to the regular shelves. Don't get me wrong - these aren't all complete cast-offs! Curious George, Spot the Dog, and other Kinder-centric characters are there for them to enjoy! The cart will be around all year, so if students need to go back and re-learn book care, it's full of resources to choose from. My helpers with this project placed a sticker (in this case, Owls) over the spine label, so it will be easy to identify as a Kinder Kart book. I've also changed the call number so if books are searched for, we will know they are not on the shelves.
Instructions for Destiny
It is best to do this task when all the books are in the library (Inventory time/beginning of the year). Here are step-by-step instructions with screen shots for librarians looking to replicate this project:
1 - You need to add the list of sublocations to Destiny by going to "Edit Copy" of any book and look for the "Sublocation" option. Click the button "Other" (red arrow) to change the screen for adding your sublocations.