Does your school have a library for student use? It’s important to help students be responsible when it comes to borrowing books and, like all aspects of your classroom, you’ll want to develop a procedure for returning and renewing those books. Try out the two tips below! 

Tip #1: Library Return Bin

  • Purpose: This will be where the students place their books that are ready to be returned or renewed from the library. 
  • How to Make It: I made a sign which I printed in color, double-mounted, and laminated. I then used my corner rounder to give it a finished look. Next, I punched 2 holes on each side, threaded ribbon through them and tied it to a milk crate. 

Tip #2: Library Book Renewal Sticks

  • Purpose:  In place of the sticky note, I made “renewal bookmarks.” The students can write their number with a dry erase marker directly onto a bookmark and put it into the book to signal it needs to be renewed.
  • How to Make It: I printed the renewal sticks onto cardstock and laminated them.  I used a Pringles can to store them. I love repurposing containers to create cheap, yet cute items for the classroom. I selected a piece of construction paper that matches my classroom color scheme to cover the can.
  • Tricks: A simple trick I discovered to make this process easier is to wrap the paper around the can and secure it with elastics and/or binder clips. I leave it like this overnight and the paper adheres much better as it holds the shape of the can. A second trick I used was solve the problem of the renewal bookmark being a bit shorter than the can. Simply stuffing the bottom of the can with some construction paper provided the perfect lift. Now the bookmarks stick up over the edge of the can and are easily seen.

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