I am linking up with The Sweet Life of Third Grade for a classroom library linky party! Before posting my pictures, I have a confession...I am addicted to books. I have a GIANT library and I base my room arrangement around showcasing/utilizing it. I love having our classroom gathering area surrounded by the low bookshelves filled with books! I am a little nervous this year because I am getting a SMART board (yay!) but will be moving our gathering area so that the SMART board is also a focus. I'm hoping our books can still surround us...
Here is a picture of our overall gathering area/library:
I have so many books that I only allow students to choose from the white baskets, and then I switch the books out several times during the year (seasons, holidays, themes, etc.). Each white basket has a label on the front telling what type of books are in the basket, along with a sticker dot. Then, each book in the basket has a corresponding sticker dot so students know where to put the books away. I also leveled each book in my library using Fountas & Pinnell leveling, so students can select books that are appropriate for their reading levels. It was a LOT of work, but so worth it. I use the Daily 5, and it is so helpful for students when they are filling their book boxes.
Here is another shot of our library:
Behind the curtain, I kept my calendar wall. Our school is an HET school (Highly Effective Teaching) and we are encouraged to cover our calendar & other "distracting" items when they are not being used. I liked the way the curtain looked closed, but I have to admit that I rarely closed it!
I hope viewing my library gives you some ideas - I LOVE getting to peek at others' classrooms! If you like what you see, follow my blog! I am working on some great SMART board activities and beginning of the year fun that I will be posting soon :)