#HoldShelf: February 2013

Travis Jonker and I asked you to send us a photograph of your library's hold shelf. Each photograph provides a nice snapshot of what kids are interested in reading. Thank you! 

I always break the "rules" and film a video. 


 via Travis Jonker 

via Angie Dickerson

via Brenda Kahn 

via Crystal Brunelle

via Debbie Alvarez 

via Donna Kouri 

 via Kimberly Easton 

 via Elizabeth Walker

via Emily Fardoux

via Jennifer Reed

via Jody Kopple

 via Joni Anderson

 via Mary Clark


  1. Wow, a hold shelf? I always just deliver them when they come in. Best part of my day. It's like giving out presents! It takes more time, but the goodwill it creates is worth it!

  2. @Buzzing - I, too, deliver books to students. While I would love to hand-deliver every book (we print approximately 35 hold notices per day), it is not possible when I usually teach eight back-to-back classes. My library is always open to students, but I see a HOLD SLIP as an invitation that says, "The library has a book waiting for you." It also gives the student an additional opportunity to browse, read a sign advertising an upcoming event, etc. :)

  3. I have 1700 students and classes every period. I have to email teachers to send students to me. Two exceptions: the most frequent users of the hold system are often in the library before school, so I will grab them if I see them. Second, those titles that every student in a class wants to read, so the book gets checked in and back out in a minute. David Levithan's Every Day doesn't spend much time on the hold shelf, as it's working its way through one 8th grade language arts class. I'm surprised two of my four copies of The One and Only Ivan were on the shelf when I took the photo above. One 6th grade teacher read it to his class, and 32 of his students have it on hold. :)


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