Saturday, June 15, 2013

Classroom Library: Old Books

So I'm going through alllll of my books (well, trying to, at this point!) for my classroom library and sorting them by genre. Last year, I noticed that my genre collections got a good bit of use, while students who went to the books that were just shelved by author tended to stand in front of the bookcases and stare at everything kind of blankly!

But as I was sorting, I noticed that some of the books were looking rather well-loved, to put it kindly. Cracked spines, yellowing pages, corners bent or ripped off entirely, pages coming loose from the binding... and I'm not sure what to do. These are books that are good, fun books but not treasures. They're beat-up enough that I won't get any money for them at the used bookstore. And I'm afraid that if I continue to lend them to students they'll get destroyed entirely.

I'm just not sure what to do about them.


Jill said...

Find a cheap, used copy of the same book and stick it in a closet. When the current one eventually craps out - and let's face it, it will because the kids obviously love it - you have a replacement. I have TONS of copies of some of my more regularly "lost" (hint: bold, faced stolen) books.

Philip said...

Contact paper and a hot glue gun *ahem* not gun *ahem* ...useful tool? And a student who has too much time on his hands?

Stupid "Your HTML cannot be accepted: Tag is not allowed S"

Would have been a hilarious joke, too.

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