As you may remember, last August I made new shelf markers for my students, from card stock, with their bar codes on them, and punches for rewards around the edges. You can read the original post here.
The shelf markers are copied onto card stock, a different color for each grade. On one side, the student prints her first name (or whatever she is called) in really big letters on the first day of check-out. (When students walk up to me at check-out, I can call them by name because I can see those big letters.) I also put their bar code sticker on this side, so that we (or they) can scan it for book check out.
On the other side is the phrase about thinking win-win, and a repeated pattern of 5 circles and a star. Last year, when students came to the library for once a week check-out with their class, we punched a circle if they had no overdue books. On the sixth visit, we punched the star, and the student could go to the “treasure box” and choose a prize–pencil, eraser, or bookmark. It’s designed to be like a frequent customer card!
The students used these as both library cards and shelf markers, for first through fifth grade. I’ve had a few questions about these library card shelf markers, and after a year of experience, I’m ready to wholeheartedly recommend them to you! Here are the answers to your questions.
Did it work?
YES!!! It was like library magic! We had far fewer overdue books last year, and more students checking out books on a regular basis! Even cool fifth graders were excited to pick out a “prize” from the treasure box.
Did the cards last?
Yes! I laminated the cards, after the student had printed his name on there and we’d attached the bar code sticker. Out of 800 or so shelf markers, only 5 or so were completely torn up and worn out at the end of the year.
How did I organize and store them?
For second through fifth grade, we kept the cards in color-coded file folders in clear file boxes. When students came on their own for a library visit, they could pull their card from their teacher’s file folder, and then put their card back in the file folder after check-out.
For first grade, we kept the cards behind the counter. I just wasn’t sure, especially at the beginning of the year, that they could handle the file folder system.
And I don’t use the punch cards for kindergarten. I use the sturdy paint stirrer shelf markers, and I don’t use the punch cards. We talk about the book baby all year to help them care for their books.
If you’d like to try these in your library, you can download them for free here, from my Google Drive.
Do you have any library magic? I’d love to hear what you’re preparing for YOUR students!