January 2021 PostersJanuary 5, 2021
New Year WeedingFebruary 2, 2021
We've had so much fun writing this blog over the years and sharing tips, activities, posters, and recommendations with you all. Our favorite thing about libraries is that they are meant to share information and ideas with peers. We hope this blog does the same, although on a smaller scale. To celebrate the new year, we gathered our most popular blog posts to date!
Top 6 Alexandria Posts:
Do's and Don'ts of Genrefication
How many times have you heard, “Where are the scary books?” and “Do you have any books like the Hunger Games?” Or maybe "I want a fantasy animal adventure book!" We bet you can't count how many times!
Because of these types of questions, we know that students seek out new books by genre, not by specific authors or titles. Genrefication is designed to help students find the books they love. In a nutshell, genrefying is to arrange your library by category, subject, or genre to help students and teachers locate materials without difficulty.
We know you’ve been contemplating genrefication. We also know the reasons why you haven’t made the leap to genrefy your library–the task is too big, you don't have enough of the right resources, or you are uncertain of where to begin. Maybe you think you can’t do it.
You can. Here's how.
Banned Books Week Posters
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration to promote the freedom to read. Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in banned books in schools, bookstores, and libraries, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
During this week, come together with the community to share the support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even ideas some consider unpopular or unconventional.
In celebration of Banned Books Week, we made some special “Wanted” posters to remind you of the dangers of reading… okay, maybe it’s to remind you of the dangers of censoring.
Download and print these posters for your library and help us fight for our right to read!
Interactive Bulletin Boards
Library bulletin boards can be a great way to show off your current programs, books, and ideas. Whether you update your bulletin boards each month or every season, take things a step further by creating interactive bulletin boards. Interactive bulletin boards are fun to get students excited about coming to the library and help immerse students in the learning experience.
Borrow these ideas or let them inspire you for your own creation!
YA Outer Space Posters
Our posters tend to be geared more toward younger students. We were asked to make some that the older crowd could enjoy too, so we did just that!
In the words of Bill Nye the Science Guy–science rules! We think science and outer space is the perfect theme to inspire your older library patrons. Alongside our YA Outer Space Posters, we’ve also included a library STEM activity for students about gravity and black holes.
Download the Outer Space posters and check out the STEM activity
7 Ways to Shelve Books Faster
Accuracy is vital when returning books to the shelf in your school library. However, librarians only have so much time in the day between checking books in and out, hosting classes, creating book displays, and developing the next set of lesson plans. We’ve probably asked ourselves many a time if there is a faster way to return books to their shelf.
For new librarians, getting in the groove may take its time. Even seasoned librarians can benefit from a tip or two!
If you want to speed up the shelving process check out these seven tips.
Overdue Library Memes
If you've ever found yourself practically begging your students to search their desks, lockers, backpacks, and bedrooms for those last missing library books, this post is for you. Getting your students to return books in a timely manner (or let's be honest; at all) can be difficult! Telling students to bring back library books may seem like it's going in one ear and out the other.
Check out these 7 overdue library memes that will make you laugh out loud!
Who knows?! These may inspire your students to bring back their library books sooner rather than later.
What was your favorite blog post we shared? Do you have an idea for the next one? Leave a comment below!
Asset Management Made Easy
Is your school checking out Chromebooks and/or tablets to students to take home? Textbook Tracker makes is easy and reliable to check those valuable assets out to students so you don't have to worry about accountability. Plus it integrates seamlessly with Alexandria!