The Ultimate School Librarian Survival Kit

While sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to tackle everything on our to-do list, being an elementary or middle school librarian is such a rewarding gig! From cataloging new books to organizing reading programs and helping students find their next favorite read, there’s a lot of variety in this job! If you love what you do, but need some systems to help make it more efficient, I’ve got your back! Let’s talk about my school librarian survival kit and how it will be a total game-changer for you.

Use this ultimate school librarian survival kit to make this the best year ever for you and your students.

What’s Included in This School Librarian Survival Kit

My school librarian survival kit has everything you need to rock the new school year. It includes lesson plans, activity ideas, library management tips, and even some fun decorations to brighten up your space. With these resources, you’ll have all the tools to keep your library running smoothly and make a positive impact on your students’ reading journeys. Let’s take a closer look at each of the essential pieces I use to keep the library running smoothly.

School Librarian Planner

This planner is designed specifically for school librarians like you! With over 300 pages, it’s your ultimate tool to stay organized and on top of everything. Inside, you’ll find both PDF pages and customizable PowerPoint pages. This gives you the flexibility to organize your binder however you like. Go for one large binder or break it up into several smaller ones. Whatever works best for you. Plus, you can choose from two fabulous themes: a chevron-themed planner or a watercolor planner. There’s also a digital option as well!

Book Care Activities and Reminder Notes

Included in the ultimate school librarian survival kit are these fantastic book care activities which include a fun mini book for students to color and take home.

Teach your students how to take care of their library books with this handy activity pack within the school librarian survival kit! It includes sorting cards with pictures and sentences, making it fun and easy for kids to learn.

There’s also a mini book for students to color and complete, which they’ll love. Plus, I’ve included two editable parent letters to send home so that you can keep parents in the loop. The reminder notes are editable too, perfect for sending home a quick note when a library book is due back. To make things even better, these come in both color and black and white. It’s a complete package to help instill good book care habits in your students!

Teaching students simple practices, such as using clean hands when reading, avoiding bending or tearing pages, and storing books in safe, dry places, helps them understand the importance of looking after their borrowed books. Encouraging these habits not only preserves our library resources but also fosters a sense of responsibility and respect for shared materials. Through these efforts, we can nurture a lifelong love of reading while emphasizing the value of taking care of books.

Library No Prep Printables – Bundle

This school librarian survival kit includes almost 150 pages of printables that you can use all year long! They cover a wide range of library skills, including call numbers, fiction vs. nonfiction, genres, the Dewey Decimal System, reading and comprehension skills, reference materials, and so much more.

This comprehensive kit is designed to make your life as a school librarian easier and more organized. Each printable is thoughtfully crafted to align with educational standards. This ensures that your students are having fun and meeting key learning objectives. The activities are flexible and can be adapted for individual work, group projects, or even library-themed games. This versatility allows you to tailor your lessons to fit the unique needs of your students, keeping them engaged and motivated to learn. Whether you’re introducing young children to the basics of book care or helping older students navigate the complexities of research, this survival kit has you covered.

These worksheets are perfect for students from kindergarten through fifth grade, making them an adaptable tool for any librarian. With this bundle, you’ll have engaging, educational activities at your fingertips to help your students master essential library skills throughout the entire school year!

Dewey Decimal Task Cards Bundle

This school librarian survival kit also includes five different sets of Dewey Decimal task cards. They are perfect for teaching and reviewing the Dewey Decimal System with your students. Each set is unique and offers an engaging way to help your students learn how to find nonfiction books in the library.

These task cards are also interactive and fun, which helps in maintaining students’ interest and enthusiasm for learning. They include a variety of activities such as matching games, scavenger hunts, and quizzes that cater to different learning styles. By using these task cards, you can create a dynamic and hands-on learning environment that encourages students to actively participate and collaborate with their peers. This approach not only reinforces their understanding of the Dewey Decimal System but also fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills. With these resources, you’ll transform what might seem like a daunting library system into a series of enjoyable challenges. You’ll make mastering the Dewey Decimal System an enjoyable experience for your students. This will turn them into confident, independent library users in no time!

Exit Tickets for the Elementary Library Grades K-5

Exit tickets are a fantastic, quick way to check for understanding and plan future instruction and reteaching of library skills. My school librarian survival kit includes 25 exit tickets for grades K-2 and 35 for grades 3-5. These tickets are perfect for giving you a snapshot of your students’ grasp of the material. This helps you tailor your lessons to meet their needs and ensure they’re mastering those essential library skills.

The exit tickets in this kit are designed to be engaging and informative. They also provide immediate feedback on student comprehension. For younger students in grades K-2, the tickets feature simple, yet effective prompts and visuals that make it easy for them to express their understanding. For older students in grades 3-5, the tickets are slightly more advanced, encouraging critical thinking and reflection. These quick assessments are invaluable tools for guiding your instructional strategies. By regularly incorporating exit tickets, you can identify areas where students excel and where they might need additional support. By doing so, this helps to ensure that every student progresses and achieves proficiency in their library skills.

Library Substitute Binder & Lesson Plans

Make planning for a substitute a breeze with this comprehensive library substitute binder. It includes over 100 pages of editable binder pages, cover pages, lesson plans, worksheets, and activities.

This library substitute binder is more than just a collection of worksheets. It’s a complete toolkit designed to keep your library functioning seamlessly in your absence. Each lesson plan is detailed and easy to follow. Substitutes can step in with confidence and provide meaningful instruction. The activities are engaging and grade-appropriate, maintaining a high level of student interest and participation.

Additionally, the editable pages allow you to customize the content to fit the specific needs of your students and library curriculum. By having this binder ready to go, you can rest assured that your students’ learning experience remains consistent and productive, even when unexpected absences occur. This binder is a resource that guarantees a smooth and efficient transition, allowing you to focus on your recovery or other commitments without any added stress.

Consider this binder your secret to stress-free substitute days. It tackles everything from Kindergarten to 5th grade with ease, allowing you to focus on what matters most—taking care of yourself! So when life throws those unexpected absences your way, rest assured this binder has your back.

Cool Cat Library Decor Set

Add some flair to your library with this set of cool cat posters! With over 100 pages, these posters come in both landscape and portrait orientations and feature fun multicolored chevron and yellow chevron backgrounds. Plus, I’ve included editable PowerPoint files so you can customize the text to fit your needs. These editable files have blank backgrounds to maintain a clean look. The same font is embedded in the pages to keep everything looking uniform.

These cool cat posters are not just decorative. They serve as valuable educational tools that enhance your library’s learning environment. The vibrant chevron designs and customizable text options allow you to create a welcoming and dynamic space that resonates with students of all ages. Whether you’re highlighting key library rules, showcasing book recommendations, or celebrating reading milestones, these posters provide a versatile and stylish way to communicate important information. The included word wall cards further enrich the learning atmosphere by reinforcing essential library vocabulary, helping students build their literary language skills. With easy-to-follow instructions for printing, laminating, and displaying, setting up these resources is a breeze, making your library both functional and fun.

Additionally, this set includes a comprehensive word wall with 122 library word wall cards. Just print, laminate, cut in half, and display. Each page contains two words, all focused on essential library vocabulary that I cover with my students each year. There are also header cards (A-Z) to organize your word wall. This bundle is a perfect way to make your library space both educational and visually appealing!

Want even more customization in your school librarian survival kit?

By purchasing this survival kit for librarians, you can make it uniquely yours! First, choose your planner theme: Chevron, Watercolor, Black and Red, Superhero, Cactus, or the Digital Planner for Google Slides. Next, select your décor set: Cool Cat, Neon and Chalkboard, Pineapples, White Emojis, Color Emojis, Bee Theme, Pineapple Theme, Maps Theme, or Forest Theme.

Ultimate School Librarian Survival Kit - Chevron Planner

Once you’ve made your selections and completed your purchase, you’ll receive a document with a link to a Google form. In this form, provide your email address and specify your chosen planner and décor pack. Once you submit the form, I’ll send you a special Dropbox link within 24 hours (usually sooner!). You can download all your files straight to your computer. You do not need to have Dropbox installed, and you can access them as many times as you like.

Build Your Confidence with the School Librarian Survival Kit

This ultimate survival kit for school librarians is your ticket to success by providing everything you need to conquer the challenges of being a school librarian. This kit offers many resources, from planners to décor sets, to ensure that setting up and implementing systems comes stress free. With these tools at your fingertips, you can focus your energy on engaging your students in the wonders of reading and learning. No longer will you have to worry about scrambling to find materials or feeling overwhelmed by disorganization. Instead, you can step into your library with confidence, knowing that you have a solid foundation in place to support both you and your students on their educational journey.

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