Thursday, January 19, 2012

Displaying Book Series Made Simple

"Do you have any series books?"

"Do you know which number this book is in the series?"

These are two questions most school librarians are quite familiar with hearing on a daily basis.  Over the Winter Holiday I started trying to strategize how I could more effectively display the book series in my library.  Each time a student asked those questions I was off on an Internet hunt to find the answer.  This was time consuming and a bit frustrating.  There had to be a better way. I came up with plan after plan but none really seemed to be any more effective than what I was already doing.  Last week I was thinking out loud about my dilemma with an easy way to identify book series to my student library aides when Evan (one of my brilliant student library aides) suggested putting dots with numbers on the book series.  I almost did the V-8 bonk to the head! How simple and easy! 

My fabulous Library Aide, Mrs. Janet Nelson, ran to the store and got a package of 1000 bright yellow dots.  In the meantime my student aides and I started pulling book series off the shelves.  For the last four days we have been labeling book series like crazy!  The response to this has been nothing but positive.  Students and teachers alike have said how much they like the labels and how easy it is to find the books they want to read.  It has also been helpful in finding books that are missing from series so that we can order them with our Spring book order.  Additionally, our book circulation has also increased.  All this from a few simple yellow dots!  

Another question all school librarians should be familiar with is, "Do you have any good books to read."  I always start by asking the student what types of books they like to read.  Then I take them to a computer and show them the following website: 

I LOVE What Should I Read Next!  Enter a book you like and the site will analyse a database of real readers' favorite books (more than 80,000 different titles so far, and more than a million reader recommendations) to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next. The students really love this and I've seen several now using the site on their own to find new books to read.

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