Saturday, September 7, 2013


September Week #1

Title:  Library Policies and Procedures
Library Objectives:  Library Citizenship/Rules - Show respect for rules and procedures as responsible library users.


1. If you have been to the library, any library, raise your hand!
2. What do you notice here?  Quiet, lots of books, librarian,...
3. I am that librarian helper AND I do.....
4. Librarian's Role - The other day I had a question and so I looked it up and ....answer question.
5. Reading to students
6. Shelving the books
7. Working with computers
8. Helping students find books, information, or answers to questions.                  
9. NO checkout today.  We are checking out books next week. 
10.  Review Rules
                           R - RESPECT OTHERS AND PROPERTY
                           U - USE A SOFT or SILENT VOICE
                           L - LISTEN TO OTHERS WITH RESPECT
                           E - ENJOY reading and BEING IN THE LIBRARY.  
                           S - SHELF BOOKS CORRECTLY - put on cart if you can't reshelf it.
11.  DISCUSS putting up one finger to go to the BATHROOM and signing out when LEAVING.
12.  SIGNALS FOR GETTING ATTENTION - When I say "Give me 5" or ring the chimes, you all freeze and raise your hand and wait for instructions.

13.  Hallways: QUIETLY walk in line to and from class.
14.  Students listen with respect during story time and then you can browse books.

Books to read the first or second week:  We are in a Book by Mo Willems; Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, Ill. by Kevin Hawkes or Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes; "David Goes to School" by David Shannon, "One" by Kathryn Otoshi, "Max Goes to the Library", "Goldisocks and the 3 Libearians", "The Library Lady",...
 Great book to talk about RULES with!
Activity:  Read one of the books above and discuss why we need rules.  Review rules and practice them each week until students get them down.

September Week #2  
Title:  Circulation 
Library Objective:  To learn correct check in and check out methods, using shelf sticks, and using library materials appropriately, review policies and procedures above, read a book while students listen with respect.  (See my post on shelf sticks.)
Vocabulary: borrow, check-out, check-in, librarian, procedures, rules, respect, responsibility, shelf sticks

For older students (Grades 3 and up.)  
Title:  September 11th Remembered
Library Objective:  To remember those who lost their lives, their heroic acts and celebrate the love we feel for America. 

Resources:  Here is a great new book that commemorates the 10th year anniversary of the falling of the towers.
  • Reading level: Ages 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages (summarize and paraphrase as needed)
 America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell (Actual Times)

September 11, 2001: Then and Now (True Books: American History)

The Little Chapel that Stood

September 11, 2001 (Turning Points in U.S. History)

Vocabulary:  heroism, patriotic, commemorate

SEPTEMBER Week #3 - 
Objective:  To teach all students the importance of caring for library books properly.
Resources:  "Stella Louella's Runaway Book" by Ernst; Mr. Wiggle's Book by Paula Craig. 
Product Details 
Letter to Parents - send home letter to parents reminding them that they will pay for lost library books.

Stella Louella's Runaway Book
Book Review by Barnes and Noble:  "It's Stella Louella's library due date, but aghast! She can't find the book anywhere. Almost everyone in town joins in on the frantic search, and the wild book chase begins. As she tries to find the book that she must return to the library that day, Stella gathers a growing group of people who have all enjoyed reading the book."

Activity:  Create a Book Doctor Kit with a large canvas bag, collection of damaged books, items on list below:
Do an object lesson with the following thing.  DISCUSS BOOK CARE:
1. doll - Don't let younger children play with your books since they might not know the right way to treat them.
2. gum - Don't put gum on any part of the book.
3. cup - Don't drink around books because your drink could spill on the book.
4. candy bar - Don't read while eating because your fingers might be sticky.
5. scissors - Never cut your library book.
6. bar of soap - Make sure your hands are clean when you are reading a book.
7. crayons/markers - Never write in your library book.
8. band-aid - If your book gets "hurt" at home, bring it back to school so that your teacher can fix it.
9. book tape - The librarian has special tape, so don't try to fix books yourself.
10. umbrella -  Don't leave books outside, they could get rained or snowed on.
11. stuffed dog - Don't leave your book where a pet can get it.
12. bookmark - mark your page with a book mark, never turn down a page corner.

Introduction:  Review that a library is a place to share books.  Let students know that they will be taking books home today or next week, but must return them on their library day next week or in 2 weeks, depending on the grade.

1. Power Point Presentation:  Animals Should Definitely NOT Borrow Books or 
2. Alistair in Outer Space by Marilyn Sadler, Simon & Schuster, 1991.  Alistair is anxious to return to Earth because he has an overdue book.  This is also available in videocassette 
through Reading Rainbow, episode 27.
3. Book Care Bookmarks are always a fun project and in "Stretchy Library Lessons" by Pat Miller, on p. 36-37, there are some adorable bookmarks to color about taking good care of our library books.

Points to Remember:  Keep books in a safe place, away from young children and pets.  Keeps books dry and away from food.  Keep books in the same place when you are done reading them.  Return them on time so that others can read them.

Closure:  What would happen if nobody returned his/her library books.
(Revised from library lesson plans from Hanover County, Ashland, Virginia.)

Author Spotlight:  choose from Roald Dahl, John Scieszka, Jack Prelutsky, Tomie dePaola
Do a week discussing the theme of "All About Fall" and read some of the following books to your students along with doing crayon rubbings of big leaves found outside:

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Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur and Leslie Evans (Aug 18, 1997)

Excerpt - Copyright: "... about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write ..." See a random page in this book.
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Clifford's First Autumn (Clifford 8x8) by Norman Bridwell (Sep 1, 1997)


Other Formats: Hardcover
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Autumn Board Book by Gerda Muller (Aug 1, 2004)


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Tis the Autumn Season: Fall Quilts                                       

Excerpt - Back Matter: "... Find out more about Shelley and ... com books • eBooks ..." See a random page in this book.
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Animals in Fall: Preparing for Winter (Cloverleaf Books: Fall's Here!) by Martha E. H. Rustad and Amanda Enright (Sep 2011)


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