Today I’m linking up with Jen of Teacher by the Beach to share my classroom library organization. My classroom library is my favorite area of my classroom and I have organized it in so many different ways over the years.
Here’s a look from one of my previous library arrangements. I use this rolling cart from Lakeshore to organize and store AR books. Each book has a dot corresponding to the level and it matches the color in the front of the bin.
This was my old library look. I organized books by theme and author. The small bins are from Really Good Stuff and the tall bins are from Big Lots. The beanbag chair didn’t last much longer than a year.
I ziptied some crates together for buddy books. I placed multiple copies of books in plastic baggies. If students can’t figure out where to return a book, they place it in the put back bin. One my student jobs is to put the books back where they go as the librarian.
As my library has grown (#allthebooks), I purchased some taller white bookcases. I think the white makes the library look so much more consistent and cleaner. I’m still using the same bins from Really Good Stuff and Big Lots but I have more room for books now.
I’ve got my Kohl’s stuffed animals and Target finds on the top of the shelves. I really wanted to put books up there but it’s too tall for the kids. On the far shelf, I covered over the boxes that my leveled readers came in for chapter book series.
At the beginning of the year, my library arrangement wasn’t working so I moved the shelves to the other side of the room. I liked the shelves much better this way because they didn’t block as much of the wall.