Color Coding Labels for the Library

July 19, 2013

Color Coding Labels for the Library

July 19, 2013

Hi everyone! If you are following me on Instagram, you may have seen a couple of pics of my newest find (and love!) for my classroom library…
 color-coding labels!

What for? Well, they will be numbered to match to our new book bins and labels!
Those of you who have read my blog for awhile know how I love to number our library books. It is simply the easiest method for my students to replace books and keep that library neat.
Last year, we used these labels…
and all I had to do was type a number on the top of the label, sticker the books to match, and that was that!
Since I have purchased new book bins this year, it has given me a chance to go through and reorganize and recategorize many of my books…weed out those old ones, donate the less popular ones, and really think about the favorite books my current classes have selected these past couple of years.
Which got me thinking.
Each class is different each year, of course. There are those books that are always loved by so many students, for so many years. And then there are other titles that just are devoured by particular classes. 
I like to organize our numbering system with the most popular books in the top bins, so my students can find them quickly. But those favorites can change over the years.
What I needed was some fluidity. A way I could keep my baskets numbered as always, but allowing me to shift more popular books to the top for easy access.
And it had to coordinating.
So, after some exhaustive searching on Amazon (I’m not joking!) I found these color-coding labels…
Aren’t they lovely?
They’re from a restaurant company (because we all know the best teaching materials come from stores that aren’t meant for teachers at all) and are advertised as removable labels which is PERFECT because now I can resticker my books when need be. 
So, if I find a particular author/series is popular with this year’s group and I want to move them up to some top bins, I can now move my books with ease!
The color-coding part is great because, along with the numbers, it will be another visual way for my fifth graders to keep our library organized…
Especially for those bins that may have the same genre, but belong in different baskets…
If you would like to see the color-coding labels on Amazon, the links for each color are below:
blue 
If you are interested in the numbered book bin labels featured above, you can find more about the product by clicking on this preview…
Much like last year’s Ready 2 Number Library Labels, you will only need to
add the number to the label and you and your students will be on your way to a numbered library!
Ready 2 Number topic/subject labels in this design are coming soon…
I have an extensive classroom library post I’ve been working on for awhile. As soon as I am able to visit my class again (it is way too hot to head in this week!) for a few more pictures, I will share it here with you.
Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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