I'm shocked to see my last post was back at the beginning of September, but truth be told, I have been a busy little librarian!
My latest project ('cause I don't have enough on my plate) has been to rework the dreaded green-dot section. The first step was to sort the books and remove anything over a 2.5 AR level. This section is where kindergartners and first graders get most of their books as well as second graders with low AR levels. How terrible do I feel telling a child, "You can't take the one and only book I have about leopards because it's a level 7.2." I also think there was so much in that section that the kids were mistreating the books without even realizing it. The next step was to work in the Nonfiction section getting everything with AR available labeled - our school district has unlimited use of tests, so no worries about whether or not we own that test. Now that we know what most of the books are AR-wise, we can start pulling lower level stuff to move over to the revamped "J Nonfiction" section. I did get permission to order my new shelves and I'm so excited for when we get them installed!
I also decided that I needed to create a section for kids just starting to read, like high-reading kindergartners and first graders. These books are not nonfiction so I created a new classification called "JrE". JrE books are usually below 1.5 AR level or extremely simple (think Dick and Jane books). They also have a green dot but will be located in their own shelf.
On the lighter side, I had a lot of fun decorating for Halloween:
And finally, I was bored with my Choose Your Own Adventure bulletin board so I decided to have some fun with a new one. I totally lifted this idea from another librarian but I did mine a little different:
The kids love the board so much that I think I might have a minion themed Christmas tree this year. I could have each child color a minion for my tree since they are all my "reading minions."