Monday, April 9, 2012

SLMS Blogs Pinterest Board

Looking for some good librarian blogs to follow?  Check out this pin board I started for SLMS blogs. I've included both public and school librarian blogs as well as book review blogs that could be helpful.

Do you have a great librarian blog I missed?  Email the link and I'll add it!

Thanks for sharing the shelves!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mo Willems' New Book

Do your patrons enjoy the Pigeon books by Mo Willems?  If so, then they will undoubtedly enjoy The Duckling Gets a Cookie which is the latest in the Pigeon book series by Mo Willems.  And now you can plan an event around the new book with this free kit from Pigeon Presents!

Just click here or on the picture above to down the pdf of the kit...

 ...and then check out Pigeon Presents! for more fun.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Introducing: the ROBOT Challenge!

Tired of overdue books dominating your students' accounts? We were, too! ...until we were saved by robots!

(All thanks and praise to our library paraeducator for coming up with this amazing incentive!)

The Return Our Books On Time (or ROBOT) Challenge is a way for us to monitor overdue status weekly, inform students of what books need to be renewed or returned, and cut down on the number of lost and unindemnified titles accumulating on our CIRC records.

Weekly overdue books have dropped considerably since beginning the ROBOT Challenge.
Here's how it works:

  • We run a report each week to determine the number of overdue books in each class. 
  • Each class with zero overdues for the week receives a piece (see Post-it note) on the ROBOT Challenge board.
    • NOTE: Books overdue beyond 30 days do not count against the class, although the responsible party (student) is excluded from the prize until the book is returned.
  • When a class receives five pieces, the class earns a prize.
    • NOTE: Pieces don't have to be earned consecutively.
    • ALSO NOTE: Prizes = Eagle Wings (reward tickets used throughout our school which students can "cash in" for prizes such as lunch bunch with their teacher, extra recess, etc.)
  • After earning a prize, your game pieces are cleared and the class can attempt to win again.

We let the stats speak for themselves (and love sharing the math connection, too)!

Since beginning the ROBOT Challenge our number of overdue books has taken a dive. Where we typically end the school year with around 100-120 overdue or lost books (an estimated $1500 value), total number of overdues each week now hovers around 40 books. 

This all means there's more to share on the shelves and that's makes for a pretty happy librarian, if I do say so myself.

- Matthew