When I see empty shelves because all the books have been checked out, I am thrilled that we have books that the kids love, and I regret I don't - can't - have more of them. The Wimpy Kid shelf is perpetually empty, as are the shelves designated for other popular series, such as Captain Underpants and Big Nate, as well as the graphic novel shelf. I have four copies of Smile and it is rarely back in the library for more than a few minutes. I encourage the children, particularly the ones who I know have regular access to the public library, to seek them out there, but you know kids. It's all about immediate gratification.
|A rare sighting of TWO Wimpy Kid books on the shelf!|
However, because of the way we schedule library time, the first class to grab those Wimpy Kid books keeps getting them. They come on the first Monday of the year, take them out, and then every time they return them, they circulate to other children in the same class. Thursday classes are out of luck. We need a new system.
One idea I've proposed is that that every time a Wimpy Kid or other similarly popular book is returned, we should not let it immediately recirculate. We should hold it until the next class comes in, or even until the next day. As a matter of policy - and simplicity - we don't allow holds on books.
How many copies of popular books do you have at your/your child's school library? How do you make sure as many children as possible have access to them?
Photos of the books I DID purchase to follow in a later post!