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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The power of a classroom library

I was just thinking what an amazing thing my classroom library is. Before I get started, let me say that my school library is astounding. Really, great books, a librarian who spends money on books rather than just computers or other things (we have a $400 globe purchased by the previous librarian $400!) I give her a list of books several times a year, and she buys them.

But there's something about having books in the classroom that's just so so so awesome. It's pretty expensive to keep up...I go to our local library sale and get some decent books, and I buy a lot of books...

On a daily basis students and former students stop in to see what I'm reading, and to discuss books with me, and to borrow books. It makes me very happy. Being surrounded by books makes me happy. I lose books every year, and I hate that, but I also know that the students who end up with the books probably have less financial ability to buy books than I do.

So a student asked me today to buy her an Ellen Hopkins book that she couldn't get from the library. I'm not really comfortable taking money from students, even to buy them things if they can't get to a book store, so I told her I would buy a copy for the classroom.

Having students value books is so priceless!

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Blogger Krista Ashe said...

Wow, you put me to shame with the classroom library!! And yes, it's awesome to inspire kids to read and have discussions with them. BTW: Georgia McBride is doing a YALitChat about teachers influencing kids/students to read on the 18. Hope you'll stop by.

April 22, 2010 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Tory said...

Hi, Bethany! I found your blog after googling edgy, young adult fiction and think you are one amazing person, teacher, and writer (hats off to you for being such a wonderful role model to your students). I, too, am an educator and have recently finished my first YA novel (it is a bit edgy with a twist of mystery and romance). I'd love for you to check out my blog. BTW, you and my sister (she teaches 2nd grade) share the same b'day :-) Have a great weekend! Tory Minus @

April 24, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger bethany said...

Thanks Krista! Twitter conversations always make my head explode but I will try to be there!

April 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM  

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