Move those books!

6 Jan

In December we tried a new approach to getting students to check out books – bribery – and now we know that it worked.

In November, 567 fiction books were checked out. Our month end reports for December showed that 551 fiction books were checked out of the library. I was pretty happy when I saw this number. I was happier still when I realized that there were 22 school days in November and only 13 school days in December! That means that in November, on average, 26 paperback fiction books were borrowed every day but in December, 42 paperback fiction books were sent out each day! It is like a little army of books is marching out of the library, ready to change the lives of the students that they encounter.

This definitely is not teaching me a good lesson about the success of bribery!

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2 Responses to “Move those books!”

  1. April December 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    I stumbled across your blog while on Pinterest and was wondering what you used as bribery?

    • freshlymintedlibrarian December 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Hi April, I used new copies of duplicate books and scholastic order books as bribery. Each time that students took out a book that month, they got a draw slip and at the end of the month each day for a week a new name was pulled and the student got to come and select a book. Hope that helps!

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