We read the book, What Happened to Marion's Book, by Brook Berg, and discussed what to do if one of our library books becomes "injured" or damaged. Just like in the story, we have a book hospital in our media center where students can bring damaged books to be mended. We learned not try to repair books at home. While I appreciate the intention, I have special book tape, glue, etc. to repair books so that they are fixed properly. Students can fill out a book slip letting me know what is wrong, slip the paper into the book, and put it in the book hospital basket where it will be tended to.
If a book is beyond repair, or it becomes lost, there is a fine of $20 to replace it. Even if you can find it somewhere cheaper, there is a lot of time that goes into cataloguing and processing the new book, so this price takes that effort into account.
I think we should make it a media center goal to try to get through the entire year without ONE book getting lost! Do you think we can do it?
The past couple of weeks we have been discussing "Just Right" books. First and second grade enjoyed listening to the book, Goldiesocks and the Three Libearians, by Jackie Mims Hopkins, as well as watching informative and entertaining videos on the subject. They also learned several strategies for choosing a "just right" book, such as the Five Finger Rule...
...and the I Pick strategy.
Students love the I Pick rap we did to help us remember what the acronym stands for and to reinforce the strategy.
We will be practicing these strategies in the media center and I encourage you to try using them at home as well. If you need more clarification, here's another "just right" video the students enjoyed that explains the Five Finger Rule in more detail.
Mrs. Jackie Luci is the Information Literacy Specialist at Musson Elementary.
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