Weeding Books at the Panda School

Come see what books we are getting rid of and our needs!

by: Katie Parker

Our School

Perdue Primary is in Warner Robins, GA. Our school has 750 students in grades pre-kindergarten through second grade. Our media center is the center of our school, circulating about 950 books each week. It is a busy place to be! Come see what we have to offer!

Where do we buy our books?

Our school buys library bound books that are strongly bound to withstand the roughness that little fingers can sometimes bring. These are some of the websites that we buy our library books from.

Bound to Stay Bound

Come by to suggest some new titles or comment below!

What section are we weeding?

Topic Area and Justification

This month, we are looking at section 599 in the media center. We use the Dewey Decimal system in our media center. This section is a portion of the animal sections in our media center. This is one of our most popular sections and this is the reason to weed some of the older items. We will also make room for some newer items that relate to the new common core standards and our new reading and writing units adopted by the school. Our reading and writing units are by Teacher's College.

More information on the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project can be found here.

The Common Core Standards can be found here.

Evaluation of Section 599 based on Data

Based on the data reviewed from the media center, 21 books, or 16.6% of the books should be weeded from the media center shelves, out of the 349 in the 599 section. The data showed that these books were checked out less that 20 times since 1995 and they were more than 12 years old. These titles were very worn and students are checking them out less and less as the years go by. These books are too old to be on the shelves collecting dust and need to be weeded out.

Evaluation of Section 599 based on Curricular Needs

In this informational section of the library, most students are checking books out for personal interest in a topic. Other students are checking out items for interest in the topic as well as use as a mentor text in one of our many writing units, using informational text. As the Common Core Standard states for all grade levels in writing, students are required to write about a topic, state facts, and in 1st and 2nd grade, provide closure in their writing piece. By weeding some of these old items, our school will be able to buy books that will support this writing standard and our month long writing units, two times a year. Books that will be bought will be on a K-2 level and will be written about a topic, stating facts, and provide some closure to the book. By doing this, students will find more books that they can relate too.

The first grade science standard, comparing and describing animals is one that students are many times engaged in throughout the supporting lessons. By having updated books, teachers can extend their lessons by using books to teach and read from about animals. By weeding this section, students will not have to sort through old, unwanted titles. Students will be able to find a book that they need to compare and contrast animals, with ease.

Weeding this section is beneficial to the students. Students will be more engaged when reading text with new pictures and not the outdated ones seen in the books we are weeding.

The chart below is a teacher survey conducted with 23 teachers.

Items to be Weeded

Below are the pictures of the items to be weeded. The books are organized by call number.

Disposal of Weeded Items

My counties policies for disposing of weeded items is to withdraw the book from the catalog system and box up the books. Then, you call the warehouse to let them know you have a box of books for them. They come by to get the weeded items. After this, they get rid of the items by selling them or donating them.

My action plan is to talk with my media specialist about weeding these books. We would then withdraw them and box them up. Afterwards, I would call the warehouse and get them to come pick up the weeded books.

Source Information

David Perdue Primary Media Specialist