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I Love A Brand New School Year

I started taking photos of my library for the new school year and realized just how much has changed since May.  At the end of each school year, Mrs. Haynes and I always have some ideas about what to change in the library based on the kid's library survey that they take each January.  Mrs. Haynes fabulously captures the kids' thoughts and ideas each year and shares with the kids what changes will be made.  So, the photos you see below represent the kids' input and some other ideas that Mrs. Haynes and I had to make things a little easier for kids to find what they want in our library.

This isn't new, but the question is!
New signage for the genre sections.



Our focus board.
We gathered our maker books (and MAKE magazine) and placed them next to the MakerSpace.
The kids said that we needed more search stations in the library so we added two more.  Still waiting for the laptops from our tech. dept.  They are busy getting everyone in the district their device.
An additional gathering spot in the Everybody section.  
We moved the Biography section and organized the books a bit differently so kids can find what they want more quickly.  We grouped presidents, innovators, inventors, artists, authors, musicians and so on together...Mrs. Haynes idea! 
New signage for the Cave where kids hang out and read.
New signage in the MakerSpace to help 
identify areas.




Mrs. Haynes and I share what we are reading.  We then write a quick summary, our opinion of the book, and where kids can find it.  By the end of the year the library doors are covered in books!


After reading LAUNCH by Juliani and Spencer, I decided this model would guide us in our Inquiry and Making design process.
Painted my dad's old law office chair.

A grant written by 3 teacher-librarians will be giving my students access to so many great resources.  My 5th graders will be working with Lego WeDo 2.0 and my 3rd graders (and I) will be learning all about Ozobots.  The three schools are sharing materials so my other grade levels will experience other robotics materials throughout the year.  Thank you LSDF!

With funding from our summer MakerKid's camp, I was able to purchase some Lego plates to use for storytelling, building, marble mazes and so much more.  I have needed these for a couple of years now!

A few years ago we received a grant to purchase multiple copies of books for student bookclubs.  These books are now out on the shelves for the kids to form bookclubs with friends.  Thank you LSDF!

We added some wobble chairs for kids who need to be moving!
Found this huge poster at Five Below.  It will be a great way to give kids a break when they are a bit over stimulated.
Lastly, an update to a door leading to the MakerSpace from the hallway.




Comments

Mrs. Arens said…
This looks wonderful! Miss seeing the amazing things you do in that LMC!
Angela Rosheim said…
Ah, thanks so much! I hope you are loving your new city, house, and school!