This summer I had to pack up my classroom library. No, I’m not moving classrooms. I actually did that in the middle of the year. And I am not changing schools, either. (Thank goodness!). Just normal end-of-the-year cleaning. Because I dread putting everything into boxes, I posted a message on our school’s electronic BBS and said that any students interested in borrowing books for the summer could come sign them out over a 2-day period. I expected a few freshman to take a book or so each but I didn’t have high hopes.
Umm, approximately 25 students came and borrowed books. I signed out close to 100 books for the summer! Some students took one book, others took closer to 10 books! How awesome is that? Freshman, sophomore, and junior students came to the shelves and browsed, signing out anything that interested them. My students are all brilliant and heavily involved in lots of extra-curriculars. They told me that they were looking forward to taking some time to relax and read this summer. More than one of them came in with a list of books that they were hoping to read, books that had been on their must-read lists for most of the year. Other students came in and asked for recommendations, both from myself and other readers. It was awesome!
I’ve never lent books out for the summer before because my sixth graders moved onto a new school after leaving my classroom. It’s nice to have the ability to loan books to students over the summer. Do you loan books out of your classroom library for the summer?