Creating an Inviting Library in Your School
As an educator, something that is always at the forefront of your mind is discovering ways to create an environment that children are excited about and eager to learn in. When you have children that are excited about a space, it becomes just the slightest bit easier to get them excited about the learning that’s about to happen.
One of the many spaces within a school that can get children excited about learning is the library. In today’s blog, the team at CoLibri Cover Systems is going to cover a few of the ways that you can work on creating an inviting library that children get excited about. Let’s get started.
Create Cozy Reading Spaces
Encouraging children to read leisurely is something that your library space should do and one of the best ways to do that is by creating cozy reading spaces for children to take advantage of. Adding fun bean bags, comfortable chairs, and places that they can lay back and dive into a story is definitely going to get them excited to visit the library.
Creative Tip: Create a theme for your reading space that ties into a book. This can help get people motivated to read certain books and tie a story into your library, while adding to the fun culture of your library.
Feature Books Each Month
Finding books that children enjoy reading is definitely one of the challenges that you want to tackle when organizing your library. One of the best things that you can do to appeal to your young readers while also contributing to your library space is to organize a featured book for each month. This will help children find stories that they’re more likely to enjoy, challenge them to get out of their comfort zone, and give you a fun theme to incorporate into your library.
Creativity Tip: Reach out to the teachers in the school and get an idea of what books are on their reading lists for the year. You might get some good ideas of which books would make great featured books of the month.
While reading is something that children thoroughly enjoy, the process of finding their way around the library or even just finding a book that they like can be extremely overwhelming. That is why one of the many things that you should take into consideration when working on the layout of your library is the organization. Take time to consider whether or not any of the chances that you’re making will make it more difficult for children to utilize the library.
Creativity Tip: Schedule a tour where children are able to go around the library and learn about where things are. Once they’ve completed the tour, set up a scavenger hunt where they go and find titles that fit into specific genres or parts of the library. This is a great way to keep them interested while also encouraging them to seek out titles on their own.
Host Reading Programs
Getting children to read when they’re younger can be difficult, but one of the best ways to get them excited about reading lots is to organize s reading program where they must finish a specific number of books. The number of books could vary based on the age group or the reading level of the children. At the end of the program, reward all children that have finished the set number of books. This way, they see a reward tied to the amount that their reading, which is great for children whose interest for reading in down time hasn’t formed quite yet.
Creativity Tip: Create a different theme for each month that you host your reading program. Make sure to incorporate this new theme into all aspects of the program. From the way that they track the number of books that they’ve read, the bookmark they use to hold their place, and the prize that they receive in the end, make it something they can really get excited about. This will also help keep the concept of the reading program fresh from month to month.
Invest in CoLibri Cover Systems
When you have a library where children are excited to learn, you can guarantee that the books are going to get used. While that’s exactly what you want to happen, one of the best things that you can do for the students and the books within the library is invest in clear book protectors. These easy to apply protectants make it so that you don’t have to worry about the books getting damaged regardless of how many times they get checked out and read.
Take a second to learn more about the cover protector systems and supplies that we have available and place your order online. Feel free to contact our team with any questions or inquiries that you may have.