I often find myself in the situation of teaching with no paraproprofessional (aka teacher's assistant) or volunteer in sight. This system for reserving popular books will help cut down on interruptions from your older students once you teach them the procedure.
Basically, you create a station and set up the materials. When the book a student wants is checked out, he completes a “reservation” form. There are several options that include different lingo (homeroom teacher vs. teacher) and require varying levels of information from the student. Once the form is completed, the student places it in the completed stack. When you have a chance, you gather the slips and enter the holds into Destiny (or whatever system you use). Keep the slips.
The containers came from the Dollar Spot at Target and the frame came from the Dollar Tree.
Here is one of the book request forms. Another form says title and author, and another one says teacher's name instead of homeroom teacher's name. Essentially, I gave you multiple options; use the one that works best for your kiddos!
When the book comes in, you use the student slip to email the teacher, place the reservation slip in the book, and then place the book in the “Pick Up” box. The student then picks up the book and proceeds to check it out through your regular check out process. This puts the responsibility on the student and removes the “I need help right now!!” factor. I hope you find this a beneficial tool in helping your media center run smoothly!
You can use the frames or you can just attach the directions to the basket. You have lots of flexibility in how to use this product.
Hold It! A System for Reserving Library Books can be found in my TpT shop. Be sure to swing back over to 4th Grade Frolics to see what everyone else has been creating this past week. You won't be disappointed!