A classroom library is important for improving literacy as it provides access to books and reading materials that are essential for developing reading skills. In this week’s episode, I discuss the value of having a library and tips for keeping it updated by spending time reviewing it each year. Having a well-stocked classroom library is critical for student literacy development.
Additionally, I will provide you with tips on how to maintain your classroom library and ensure that it is up-to-date, diverse, and engaging for your students. Regularly review and remove books that are no longer relevant or interesting to your students or are falling apart. I encourage you to involve students in the process by asking for their input.
Keeping a library up to date can be a challenge, I share several ideas for acquiring books both free and paid options.
In this episode on evaluating your library, I share:
- Classroom libraries are an important part of increasing student motivation and student desire to read
- Classroom libraries can be challenging to maintain and keep relevant, so it’s important to regularly evaluate and edit the books in the library.
- Ensure that your library reflects a diverse representation of cultures, races, genders, and abilities
- Actively encourage and promote the use of your classroom library by your students.
- Involve their students in the process of evaluating and editing their classroom library.
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Related blog posts:
- The Importance of School Libraries for Middle and High School Students
- Why Classroom Libraries are Important in the Secondary Classroom: Improved Academic Success
- Ways to Restock Your Classroom Library
- Helping Students Find Just Right Books: How to Stretch Them Without Frustration
Resources for library books:
- Donor’s choose
- Looks for Books
- Book Love Foundation
- Goodwill Industries Books
- Check your local library for book sales
- Check your local Chamber of Commerce for education grants
Be sure to join the Secondary ELA Facebook group where we will be continuing the conversation on how to keep classroom libraries current and fresh!