TLNing (

A community for teacher-librarians and other educators

I need some ideas on what to do about overdue books. I am an librarian for K-4. When the other students check out books, my overdues sit at a table and wait. It doesn't seem productive, but I do not want to reward them, some have had their books out more than four weeks. Then what happens after you have sent home mutiple notices? How will I get these books in? Deborah

Views: 9


You need to be a member of TLNing ( to add comments!

Join TLNing (

Comment by SudiHope on October 8, 2008 at 11:56am
I agree with Donna's work it off program. I have one in place as well, where I offer the kids $2.00 per hour (off their fines) for dusting, facing the shelves, wiping down tables, and sometimes for alphebetizing the cart. The other option I offer is for the children to replace the book. Admittedly, I've been given a few RIF books, but I just hate to refuse a child the opportunity to read a book.
Some librarians I've talked with also offer a "Read your fines away" option, which appeals to me.
Comment by Donna Forester on October 4, 2008 at 3:01pm
For our K-2 students, I have a designated table with a variety of picture books (6-8) where those students in a class who cannot select new books are sent. They are expected to read or look at those books while waiting for their class to finish. For older students, I direct them to the magazine back issues, ask them to choose one and sit down and read. I hate for any time to be wasted in the instructional day.
Every 8 weeks or so, I send a letter in the U.S. mail about those books that are more than a month overdue, in case they are just not reading everything in the weekly folder that is sent home. I only make phone calls at the end of the school year in an effort to resolve all outstanding library accounts before summer break.
Right now I am in a school where parents can afford to pay for lost materials, but my previous school was very different. At that school, I often went to the counselor first to see if they thought that paying would be a financial hardship for that particular family. Then I would let the student know that some payment (even if it was $2.00) should be made in a show of responsibility. Or, sometimes I would have the student "work" in the library (sharpening pencils, straightening the shelves, reading the fiction shelves, etc.) during one or two recesses if I thought the family could not afford to pay.

A Learning Revolution Project

Twitter feeds

TL Scoop.its

Teacher Librarians of the 21st Century Curated by Mrs. N Ideas and Resources for the 21st Century Teacher Librarian

Libraries as Sites of Enchantment, Participatory Culture, and Learning Curated by Buffy J. Hamilton Ideas and resources to develop the concept of libraries as sites of participatory culture and learning

Personal Learning Networks for Librarians  Curated by Donna Watt

Staying ahead of the game, managing your own professional development, joining the dots

SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians Curated by Joyce Valenza News for teacher librarians

What is a teacher librarian?  Curated by Tania Sheko Defining the role of teacher librarians for those who think we just look after books

Teacher librarians and transliteracy Curated by Sue Krust Explore the evolving role of the teacher librarian

Teacher-Librarian Curated by Librarian@HOPE Best sites and resources on the web for teacher-librarians

ResearChameleon on School Libraries Curated by Kathy Malatesta Teaching, mentoring & leading in today’s school libraries

Student Learning through School Libraries Curated by lyn_hay Building evidence of impact through research and professional practice

SCIS  Curated by SCIS News and resources about school libraries

Educational Technology and Libraries Curated by Kim Tairi In libraries we teach, we learn and many of us are early adopters of technology. This is your scoop on those things.

21st Century Libraries Curated by Dr. Steve Matthews all things 21st Century library related

Join our Diigo Group! VIsit TL Daily!

Coming soon



#tlchat: #tlchat your tweets!

© 2020   Created by Steve Hargadon.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service