Two parts of our 2015 student book budget arrived! It’s always exciting when I can email the students and tell them that the books are here. They’ve been asking me almost daily since we placed the order.
All of our books from Avid Bookshop arrived during our author visit with Sarah Weeks. The first box of Capstone books arrived while our 5th graders were at Skidaway Island. I emailed the whole book budget group and told them to come today at noon to unpack books.
Our timeline has been a bit crunched this year. We are almost out of school days and book check out is already coming to an end for the school year. I need to do a better job next year of making sure this project doesn’t slip too far into the year. Usually, we put all of the books out when they arrive and let the students start checking them out. However, with only 8 days of school remaining, I handed this dilemma to the group. There was a lot of debate about whether or not to have a special checkout of just book budget books or to wait until the opening of the library in the fall. After a lot of discussion, the students decided that they wanted to wait and have these books be the first new books available to students in the fall. It’s always nice to start the new school year with some exciting new books.
As we unpacked the books, we checked them off of our packing slips. I had already cataloged the Avid books and uploaded the MARC records for Capstone, so the books were ready to go into circulation. Once they were checked off the list. Capstone sent us some special labels to put inside our books so that students could indicate books that they chose for the order.
Each student chose a label, wrote his or her name on the label, and added it to the inside cover. Students also stamped the books with our library stamp.
The excitement was high and it was so much fun to see the students immediately diving into the books. They all tucked away around the library to read by themselves or with a partner. Before they left, the book budget students did get to checkout a few of the books to read over the next few days. They will return these books to the boxes so that they are ready for the next school year.
We are eagerly awaiting our final order from Capstone which should be arriving in the next few days.
I LOVE the sticker idea. I really want to get this program up and running in my library next year.
The sticker was such a special addition to this year’s project. Capstone was a big help with that. You should definitely give it a try no matter how small you start.