Monday, June 19, 2017

What to do with "Worn Out" Library Books?

Teachers have an endless to do list at the end of the school year.
One of those tasks is to reorganize your classroom library.  

By level,

By genre,
In baskets,
On shelves...

...In the Book Hospital...

If you are like me, I am always perplexed by what to do with our precious classroom library books that can not be repaired and must meet their end in the recycle bin.


Even the most worn and torn, yet loved library books can be saved!

There are a multitude of things that can be done with our beloved books. Check out this idea. Our local town librarian came for a classroom visit and provided our students each with a button made from books in her Book Hospital:

My first graders absolutely loved receiving these buttons to wear all day!

I was so inspired by this that I began to brainstorm other uses for our Book Hospital books that were beyond repair:

Anchor charts
Book reviews
Character Studies
photo frames
the possibilities are endless!
Mentor Sentences
Reading Strategy minilessons

Before you go thru your Book Hospital, do not fear having to say goodbye. Take a minute to think how you can reuse your treasures.


  1. I have never thought of what to do with "beyond repair" books and I LOVE your ideas. I love bookmarks and that would be super easy to do. I like the idea of character frame or how about frame the "favorite part" too. But maybe you could let the kids decide what they think would be the best fit for the book. Love it! Super cute got my wheels turning! I'll never get rid of another book again but since I am a book hoarder I never have. ;)

    1. Ooooh! You have some great ideas there! I love it! There are so many possibilities...making connections... sequencing events.... the list can go on....