In the month since I’ve seen students for the first time, things have been super busy at work. I’m up to the 970s with weeding the nonfiction section. You can see above what I have left to do (left side) and what I’ve already done (right side). I still have to decide on shelf labels, but I will definitely hit my first big goal of weeding and shifting the nonfiction section by Halloween.

I’ve weeded a lot of books. And the vast majority of them were barcoded but never imported into our current library catalog. Not an exaggeration; on a cart of 200+ books I weeded this week, 10 were actually in the library catalog. I’m a little terrified of what’s left that’s uncatalogued. It looks like books were weeded but put back on the shelves. So that’s what’s currently giving me fever dreams. But things are definitely improving!

I don’t have any bulletin boards, but I’ve been decorating my door. Here’s the October door:

October library door

And I had no idea how much I missed reading to kids. I’ve been reading like crazy. Shaun Tan’s The Arrival to 5th and 6th grade this month. Big impact. A Sick Day for Amos McGee to third during some book fair down time. I’ve read Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit, Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Pigeon Needs a Bath to pretty much everyone. Library Lion with pre-k and kindergarten, and tons of fall books with pre-k. LeavesThe Little Yellow LeafFall Mixed-Up (to pre-k and first grade), Bear Has a Story to TellDuck and Goose Find a Pumpkin

Now it’s time to work on some library skills in class. But I’ll be alternating skills with read alouds a lot.