2015 Student Book Budgets: The Final Steps

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This year’s student book budget group has been one of the largest groups, but one of the most thorough groups I’ve had.  To recap, our student book budget group is a group of 4th and 5th grade students who develop a reading interest survey, gather data from the whole school, analyze the data, set purchasing goals, meet with vendors, and spend a budget of approximately $2000.  I assist them, but the decisions are completely driven by students.

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This year, we got started a bit late, so we didn’t get all of our books until the very last week of school.  After a lot of debate, the students decided to prepare the books for checkout, enjoy looking at them, and then set them aside for the beginning of the school year next year.  It was a hard decision, but we think it will be so exciting to walk into the library on the first week of school with over 150 new books to choose from.

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On our final day together, some of the students gathered in the library for the big unpacking. We highlighted the books on our packing list, inspected them, stamped them with the library stamp, and started enjoying them.  One student said, “This needs to be your motto. Unpack, stamp, and enjoy.”

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We realized that several of the books were cataloged as fiction but were really graphic novels, so we took time to label all of those books with a graphic novel sticker so that they could be easily found with other graphic novels.

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Once the books were enjoyed by the students, we sorted them into stacks by type of book and took their pictures.  These pictures will be used next year to promote the books at the beginning of the year.  It was fun to see all of the books grouped together to actually see how we distributed the money between our goals.  I think some of us realized we may have been a bit heavy in some areas of our budget, but I don’t think anyone will be disappointed in these great selections.

We thank Capstone and Avid Bookshop who were huge supporters of this project.  We wish the books were checked out right now, but with only one day of school left, we will wait with anticipation for the big checkout day.  It will be a nice way to inform students about the project who might want to participate next year.  My plan is to start much earlier next year!

Barrow Buddy Book Builders~Donate Books to Our Library


For the past 4 years, we have had a program at Barrow called the Barrow Buddy Book Builders.  This program has allowed families and community members to purchase new books for our library from a wishlist and dedicate those books to someone special or in memory of someone.  When orders were made, I had conversations with the students involved so that the book that was chosen matched an interest that they had.  I also handled all of the financial records, wrote receipts, made the dedication labels and certificates, placed the order, processed the books when the came in, and more.  Now that I no longer have a paraprofessional this program was one that I had to look at closely.  Thankfully, Bound to Stay Bound Books, one of our main vendors, started a program called S.O.S Library.  This program is essentially the same thing I was already doing, but BTSB does all of the work!

I just bought the first book for our library, Elephant and Piggie:  Let’s Go for a Drive!,  in honor of my daughter and son, and the process was really easy to follow.

Here’s how it works:

  • Starting today, visit http://www.btsb.com/sosl/davidcbarrowelementary/
  • Browse our wishlist of books.  Select the book(s) you wish to purchase and add to your cart.  If there is a specific book you are looking for but don’t see on the list, email me and I’ll add it to the list if it’s available.
  • Choose your donation plate and add your dedication.
  • Checkout.
  • The book(s) will be shipped directly to our school already ready to put onto the library shelves!
  • BTSB will email you a receipt for your tax records.

Even if you can’t afford to purchase a whole book, you can make a monetary donation on the site as well.  Donated money will be pooled together to purchase books from the list.  You can even add a monetary donation to your book order if you want to give a little more.

I’m so glad that we are able to continue the Book Builder Program in a new way.  I hope you’ll visit our site today to make your donation and share with anyone and everyone.

New Book Builder Order

The new book builder order arrived today for the month of September.  Thank you to everyone who helped us get the following books in our media center:

Aurora County All-Stars Wiles, Deborah

E is for extreme : an extreme sports alphabet Herzog, Brad

Hero cat Spinelli, Eileen

Hey batta batta swing! : the wild old days of Cook, Sally

Invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words Selznick, Brian

Kenny & the dragon DiTerlizzi, Tony

Louise, the adventures of a chicken DiCamillo, Kate

Mercy Watson : princess in disguise DiCamillo, Kate

Mercy Watson thinks like a pig DiCamillo, Kate

Pssst! Rex, Adam

Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot vs. the mecha- Pilkey, Dav

Right dog for the job : Ira’s path from service Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw

Shutting out the sky : life in the tenements of Hopkinson, Deborah

Storyteller Myers, Edward

Tunnels Gordon, Roderick

You read to me, I’ll read to you : very short Hoberman, Mary Ann

Here are some pictures of the new books.  The students who donated the books will check them out next week and receive them on BTV.  Don’t forget that the October book builder order deadline is October 24th (the last day of the book fair).

Book Builder Deadline

I will be submitting the September Book Builder order on Monday September 29.  All September dedications should be turned in by Friday.  Don’t forget that forms are available in the media center and on our website.  The wish list is also available on the site for you to select a book yourself.  I’m happy to work with your child to select a book or to select a book for you. 

Thank you to everyone who has made this program a success.  We’ve put 44 new books into our media center with this program already.

Don’t forget that the book fair is coming.  You’ll be getting more info soon about the book fair and the storybook parade.  My monthly newsletter will come home in Monday’s purple folder.

First Book Builder Order Arrives

The first book builder order arrived today in the media center.  We had 30 books in this shipment and 2 more books are still on their way.  I continue to say “thank you, thank you, thank you” for supporting our media center this year.  I already have 12 books on the September book order that I will send off at the end of the month.  The books that just arrived are currently being checked in to the media center.  They will be presented on BTV next week and each student who dedicated a book will be the first to check out the books.  Here are some pics of the books that arrived.

Book Builders

Today was the first day that the Barrow Buddy Book Builder program started.  I wanted to take this opportunity to thank so many of you for your support.  Today, we received 15 flyers back from people who wanted to dedicate a book from our wish list to put into our media center.  I am so thrilled with the support from our community to provide our children with quality books to enjoy.  I’ll be placing our first order soon, and students who dedicated a book will be the first to checkout the book and show it on BTV.  We’ll continue to add to our wish list and we’ll keep this program going all year.