Krista Stalzer, a grade four teacher in Epping School District of Epping New Hampshire organizes her classroom library in bins with descriptive labels that entice her students to genres, authors, topics, and areas of interest. Krista attaches a Velcro strip to each bin and provides each student with several uniquely numbered poker chips with Velcro on one side. The poker chips are reused each year as only numbers, rather than names are used. When a student "checks out” a book from the classroom library, he or she adheres their uniquely numbered Velcro chip to that bin.
Using the numbered poker chips, Krista can also quickly scan the bins to see what types of texts her students are selecting. She can track these selections easily with an organizer correlating student numbers to their names and identify reading patterns (e.g. genres, authors) or needs, such as branching out into informational text, over the course of the year. Upon finishing a book, students return books to the appropriate baskets by referencing photographic maps Krista has posted of her library and locating their numbered poker chip on the correct bin.