Books get the most attention in a classroom library, and rightfully so. But a successful library set up takes a lot more than just setting up some piles of books. Here are the things you need to make your space inviting and organized.
We talked in an earlier piece about how your classroom library needs to be varied, including some general interest magazines. Magazines are also difficult to organize. These literature displays are the perfect solution. If you’re in need of a quick solution that fits in almost any space of your classroom, you can even give these colorful magazine files a try.
Above all, you want your classroom library to be inviting and comfortable. These floor cushions are a great way to provide flexible seating. They can even be used for small groups to meet together in a quiet corner. Or add a pop of color to your classroom library with this foam seating.
Portable Study Carrels
Reluctant readers are often easily distracted, which makes their task just that much more difficult. These portable study carrels make any desk or table into a study carrel. They can also be used when students are taking a test.
One of these library spinner racks can shrink the size of your library to a corner’s worth of space. This is perfect for portable classrooms or schools that don’t have enough shelving units to go around.
File Folders & Labels
You’re going to need to organize the books (we advocate organizing by reading level and genre). File folders make great dividers on a shelf. You’re also going to need labels so the students know what they’re looking at.
Collapsible Storage Bins
Chances are, your classroom library might have more than just reading materials in it. A great way to keep those other miscellaneous items organized is in collapsible storage bins. Using different colored bins can help keep you organized while making it easy for your students to remember where charging cords, dry erase markers, and notebooks are stored.