Manual The Care of Books

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It would be better to rotate their favorite books through your book corner than to create overwhelm. I am talking about your books.

How to Teach Kids to Care for Books

Whenever you talk to your children, hold your books lovingly. Pat the covers gently, brush off any lint or dust, let the children see you loving on those books. You need to not only connect your students to your books by reading to them but you also need to model your love for those books so the children see how you physically treat a book. Hold your books gently, give them a hug as you introduce the story, tell the children that this book is one of your very favorite books in the whole wide world.

You see, when you physically demonstrate and communicate the process of loving on those books, your students will realize that the books are special and be more aware that they need to take care of them, too. If a child comes to you with a book that is torn or in some way falling a part, try to stop and fix it right away. Treat it like it is a call. In fact, you can put together a book doctor kit just for this purpose. Fill your book doctor kit or box with clear packing tape, scissors, and anything else you think would be necessary to fix a book.

If a child thinks it is important enough to bring you the book then fix that book right away! If your students are not falling in love with the books you read to them, then you need to work on that. Perhaps you need to improve on your reading-aloud skills.

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Perhaps you need to choose books that the children can relate to or enjoy listening to. Perhaps you need to choose books with better stories, illustrations, or characters. You see, we all take care of the things we love the most and in order for your students to care for your books, they need to fall in love with them.

Take these tips and give them a try! You made some great suggestions in this post. Thank you! I have a ton of my own personal books that I read to my class but I also go to the library and take around 25 out every month. I read one or two a day and after they are read they go on the book shelf. I try not to have more than 6 or 7 out on the shelf at a time.

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Do not allow books to protrude over the edges of the shelves. They should be set back about 1. They should not be sticking out over the shelf. Never pull a book off the shelf by the headcap. Pull from the spine with your fingers on the boards. Push remaining books together so that they support each other. Before moving compact shelving ranges, check to make sure aisle is clear.


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Use red string to tie up books with the following types of damage: broken joints, loose boards, broken sewing, detached or partially detached spine. Do not remove shrink-wrap; bring it to Library reference and technical services staff, who have special knives to do this without damaging the wrapped material. Please handle library materials with clean hands. Processing and Using Library Materials Do not crack open the spine of a tightly bound book. This kind of damage usually cannot be repaired without extensive intervention. Do not use books or journals as a support for writing; this leaves indentations.

If you must place books in a pile, put the largest ones at the bottom; do not stack big books on top of small ones. Turn a page about once a month, so that no page is exposed to the light for long periods of time. If possible, display your book in a closed display case. This will create a microclimate and keep it from being touched and accumulating dust and debris.

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Seeking Professional Assistance Fragile books or books with problems such as torn or brittle pages, broken spines, or dry, flaking leather bindings may need the attention of a book conservator. A conservator can make suggestions for treatments to stabilize or restore your book.

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A book conservator can also make a special enclosure or box to protect your book. Conservation Resources The Northeast Document Conservation Center has leaflets available online regarding the care of books, paper, and family archives. The Library of Congress also has information on the basic care of library materials and family archives.


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