Monday Made It- Library Checkout System

I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics again for her Monday Made it. 

I was inspired by a few pins on Pinterest and Julie's library checkout system at Lighting a Fire. You can see from my past post here that I orignally made my stars with a gray chevron. However, due to the colors of the walls in my new classroom I changed my class colors this year to red and black. So, I remade the stars, had them printed and went to our local teacher store The Educator to get them laminated. Finally, I put them together.

How does this work? I teach two 4th grade classes ELA and Social Studies. One class will have the red stars and the other the black. Each student will be assigned a class number which will correspond to their star stick. When it is their turn to check out a book they will simply grab their number star and place the stick into the book basket from which they picked their book. That way they will know where to return their book when they are done and I will know who has a book checked out. I used this system last year and it worked great in my classroom. Although, last year I used clothespins with the student's names and the clothespins broke. I am hoping the sticks stay together longer.


  1. Been there, done that with the clothes pins! Hope the adorable stars work out for you!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I think I'm going to try this next year. I don't let my kids take books home so I'm not worried about losing books all together but they never put them back neatly or in the spot they got them. Having their number would hold them accountable for keeping the book boxes neat.

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  3. What do you do if a student wants to check out two books or are they only allowed to check out one book at a time?

    1. Students are allowed to only check out one book from the class library. We attend the school library once a week and they are allowed to check out more an one book from there.


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