Please come to the library to see our new and improved Early Reader collection. These are books that are “just right” to build confidence in our younger readers. They feature large fonts, simple language structures and lots of illustrations to help understand the text.
We had not had much circulation of these early readers. Our circulation statistics showed that they were mostly checked out by parents and teachers. As we want to promote independent selection of “just right” books among our younger readers, we needed to make these books more visible to them.
Sarah Ducharme is the librarian at the American International School of Budapest. Ms. Ducharme posted photos of her school’s early reader section and how she had had bookcases specially made to showcase their early readers. We didn’t have that option available to us, but when I found colorful tubs last weekend I knew we could use them to make our early reader section more attractive and easier to use.
The colorful tubs hold books by series or characters, for example, Fly Guy or Amelia Bedelia. Some also are by interest like “movies” or “scary books.” The books that don’t fit into any one category are in tubs by letter of the alphabet. Those labels say “A authors,” “B authors,” etc.
The response from our kindergarten and first graders has been enthusiastic. They each checked out two early readers this week and as you can see from the photos, some of the more popular series are already “sold out.” Circulation for this week doubled compared to the same week last year, and that is without the grade 2 students who will be coming this afternoon. We’ll keep monitoring the circulation to see how effective the new organization is, but we’re pretty sure it will be a big success. Already, several of our new tubs are empty as students have checked out all the titles in the series.
If you are a parent at IST, remember that you too can check out books. You will need to come to the library with your parent ID and create an account, and then you will be able to check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks. To see what our collection has to offer, please visit our library OPAC.
A special thank you to our volunteer, Astrid Breutzman, who taped all the labels on to the tubs.