Classroom Libraries

What: This is a self-paced online course featuring pre-recorded video modules on the why and how of classroom libraries.
Where: Once you are have registered you will receive login details to access all the recordings and materials.
When: This course is available to start right now. Complete at your own pace.
Time: 1 hour
Cost: $45 +GST
If you would like to make a school booking, email [email protected] for a school booking rate.


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Do you find yourself wondering how you can set up a classroom library that is the ‘hub’ of activity in your classroom?

Classroom libraries should be the cornerstone of your classroom. A place where your students gravitate to, ponder over what they like to read, and bookshop for what they want to take away. When asked what a classroom library should look like, I find the easiest way to explain this is to say that it should look like the most beautiful and inviting children’s bookstore that you have ever entered. After all, not unlike a bookstore, we are also trying to sell our books to our students!

Classroom libraries have a real purpose in a Reading Workshop. The availability of quality literature is key to engaging students during independent reading. Students should have easy access to books they want to read – as their interests change, so should your library. Classroom libraries evolve throughout the year to reflect the change in your student’s interests.

In this self-paced online course, we will:

  • Consider the purpose of a classroom library, and why it is so important that it is the cornerstone of your classroom.
  • Look at what goes into the setting up of a classroom library, and how to ensure your students have ownership over their library.
  • Share practical ideas of how you can display books and highlight different titles, authors, and series.
  • View video of ‘real life’ classroom libraries to draw inspiration from.
  • Consider what we can do in our classroom to encourage a love of reading in our students, that will stick with them for life.

This 1-hour self-paced course is divided into the following modules:

Module 1:  Introduction and Why?
Module 2:  Classroom Libraries / Independent reading / Workshop Model
Module 3:  The How – 6 Key Steps
Module 4:  Step 1 – Vision
Module 5:  Step 2 – Create the Space
Module 6:  Step 4 – Build your Library
Module 7:  Step 5 – Create the BUZZ!
Module 8:  Step 6 – Use the Library
Module 9:  See it all in action