Let's get something clear... I love books. Heart them. Adore. Obsess. So needless to say, I am constantly adding to my classroom library, updating and sorting. After purchasing and sharing these books with my students, but I was struggling with books being taken and never returned. Plus many of my students haven't the foggiest idea how to locate books in an actual library. In order to resolve both of these issues, I decided to make my classroom a little more official. I purchased small labels and packing tape to use as my book-labeling system. Then I printed the first three letters of the author's last name.
Of course each book was labeled with care, and once organized by author, I ordered the titles too.
Can you tell I'm a Gary Paulsen fan?! All of his books aren't even on the shelf yet! I only made about twenty labels for him. And used them all!
I worked through author's who had multiple books on my shelf. This allowed me to create a bulk set of labels and organize books within authors as well. Then I went through and pulled neighboring letters of author's names that were still undone. I simply tucked books into place as I went from that point on.
In the end, my shelves are beautifully organized and hopefully a bit more deterring from sticky fingers.