Here’s our newest Lightning Round question! These questions are posed to all of our ninjas instead of just our featured monthly ones and are meant to be quick and efficient responses to some interesting inquiries. Here’s our question for this week which we’ve had a lot of responses for so this one’s a tid bit longer than most:
“Hi everyone. I am facing an unusual challenge next school year. I will be teaching my K-5 library lessons from a mobile cart that I will roll into each classroom. There will be no library that the students can visit. I will be doing lessons, checking in, checking out and doing story time from a cart. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the very thought. Has anyone out there done this? Have any tips? Thank you!”
I haven’t done this in a school librarian capacity, but as a public librarian when we do outreach, we’re often visiting multiple classrooms with just the stuff we’re carrying. What helps me keep everything straight is going in with a plan (usually written down) for each classroom and keeping my materials in the order that I’ll use them. We usually bring bags of books, props, etc. around with us, so I’ll try to arrange it so the book I need first is on top and I can just go through the bag in order. If I’m repeating the same storytime for multiple classrooms, it gets easier with each repetition. If I’m presenting different materials for each classroom, it really helps me to have a separate tote bag for each classroom so I can go straight for what I need without having to dig around too much. This could maybe translate into separate sections or shelves on your cart, or if your cart is full of books the kids can check out, you might think about using tote bags or rolling crates to keep your storytime/lesson materials separate and easily accessible.
From Soraya S. (@vivalosbooks):
I’m a Youth Services Librarian in a public library so I haven’t been in that situation before but I do go to schools regularly throughout the week and have done classroom to classroom visits. On days when I know I’m visiting more than one class, I bring a rolling cart separated by which materials I’m using for which classroom. So my storytimes are catered for each specific age group and I’m sure to separate the materials appropriately. That is such an interesting design and a challenge! I definitely think it’s manageable though as long as you know each day what grades/classes you’ll be at and can set up your cart to easily transition as you changes rooms. Organization is key and you’ll be fantastic!
Thanks for all the great responses everyone! Do you have any of your own? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!