My library area has always been one of the most tedious areas in my classroom to prepare. I have battled constantly with how to set up the area, what categories to use, and the usefulness to my kiddos. Now that I have been blessed with a new, BIGGER, beautiful classroom, my options have grown ten times.
The shelving is limited so my oh so sweet Mister went and bought me these lovely shelves from Ikea. I decided to only get two and see if that would suit the area. Here is a view from the center. I like that these shelves can be accessed from either side. You can find these here.
The center stand holds all of the books for the unit that we are learning. I let my sweeties get to these books in the morning and afternoon. On one side I have a basket of pillows for some comfy reading time. The other basket holds some random stuffed animals. In order to encourage my sweeties to independent read, I introduced a silent reading buddy. My kiddos can grab a stuffed animal to read to during independent reading. They absolutely ate this up!
In order to accommodate all of my books, I decided to separate my library. I have the above area as my fiction section and the picture below contains my leveled books and my nonfiction area.
In my class my kiddos have to pick three level books that are JUST RIGHT for reading and two 'LIBRARY' books. They have the opportunity to switch out their book bags every week.
When setting up my baskets I tried to think of what was most important for my classroom. I am a strong believer in author studies, so I have a few of those that we tend to hit hard throughout the year. I also use different themes that are important during the school year.
The label is meant to wrap around the spine of the book. The number is shown in the front cover if the book and my name is on the back cover of the book.
My black baskets are from Walmart. They have held up well over the past two years... minus one sweet basket that played the role of a chair to one cutie. You can find these baskets here. The top black baskets are from target. I use these at the beginning of the year. Each table will get some books and fun flashcard a to look through as other students are finishing a task.