Monday Motivation: Classroom Library

June 19, 2017

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.

It’s important to have comfy seating in the library, so I have these adorable owl beanbags from Hayneedle. They are a bit deflated now so I’m going to fill them again this summer.



I found this storage bench on clearance at Home Goods. It is one of my favorite finds. It had a small mark on the top but you can’t even tell.

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.

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