Collaborative Book Sharing I begin the year reading the book The Skin I'm In with the fifth graders in my classroom. They love that book! No matter what other great books we read together, at the end of the year half of the girls still name The Skin I'm In as their favorite. And what happens to that set of books when we are finished with it? It sits on a shelf in our attic at school until the next school year begins and the next class of fifth graders gets to discover a favorite.
Why should it sit there? Couldn't it become a favorite of another class of students? Don't buy it—borrow it from us. And, maybe you have a favorite set of books that we could borrow from you.
My hope is that this collaborative book sharing project opens up a whole library to classrooms of students and to teachers eager to read new titles and explore great literature. What titles do you have a set of that you and your school would be willing to lend? What titles would you love to read with your class if only you had access to them?
I tried to make this as easy as possible. There are four links:
1. School and Contact Information: Click the link and input your school and personal contact information. When other schools see that you have a title that they would like to borrow, you will get a request via the phone number or e-mail listed. Some schools may have more than one contact, for example, one for elementary and one for middle. You may also have personal book sets that you would be willing to loan. It will be up to the lender and the borrower to decide how to obtain and return the books.
2. Book Information: Use this link to submit the book set titles that you or your school has and would be willing to loan. Each title must be submitted on a new form. After clicking submit you will have the option to return to the form to enter another title. Your school and contact name should come up in memory, so hopefully you won't have to enter them each time.
3. Book Information Spreadsheet: Once you, your school, and other schools have entered their book information, you will want to peruse the available titles. This link will give you access to the titles that have been entered as available. When you find the title(s) for which you are looking, note the school and contact information.
4. School and Contact Information Spreadsheet: Now that you know the titles you would like to request and from where you would like to request them, check this spreadsheet for the phone number or e-mail address of the teacher(s) you would like to contact. Make a visit to the school to pick up titles, pay for shipping, however you work it out to get the books you would like to use.
This is a work in progress, so if you have suggestions as to other fields that would be helpful, or if a link stops working, let me know and I'll be happy to see what I can do. I'm hoping to keep it as simple as possible to encourage as many people as possible to join the fun. I'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions (email@example.com). Here goes nothing…
Marian Middle School
Saint Louis, MO 63116