One of the things on my to do list before I left school was to have my read aloud library organized. You may have seen a previous post about my teacher library (same thing, I just call it by two different names), and it probably looked organized to you, but not completely to me! Here is a picture to jog your memory:
What I still needed to do was get a few different baskets for the books that were too big for these lovely containers from Hobby Lobby. So, I got the baskets and now it's completely organized and EVERY book has a home with a label! That makes me very happy! Sorry, but I forgot to snap a picture when I was done. I'll post it once school starts again. If you want those labels, click HERE to get to the post where you can download them.
Here is the big job I accomplished... It may sound silly to some of you, but I could be called the "Excel Spreadsheet Queen". I cataloged my teacher books into a spreadsheet so I know what I have. Turns out that I had 10 doubles of books... so sad! The best part is, I organized them by category so I can search the spreadsheet for a certain topic and know what books I have and exactly what bin I placed them in! No more will I think after a lesson, "Oh I had the perfect book to go with that!" or "Why did I get that book from the library, it's right here!" Here is my spreadsheet if you want to take a look. Feel free to use it for yourself if you'd like. Just let me forewarn you... this is a very BIG job. Don't do it unless you have a lot of time to commit and your appreciation of the finished product outweighs the amount of time you put into it.