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Class libraries in promoting

reading habits in primary classes

An emergent literacy perspective

By Meeta Mohanty
Asst. Product Manager
Oxford University Press
What are class libraries?

 Class libraries is a concept of


allocating a space within the
classroom for displaying a variety
of literature.
 It provides ready access to

learners and can act as activity


centers to energize classrooms.
Need of class libraries

NCF’2005 highlights that


the use of library to one
period a week seldom
allows to cultivate a taste
for reading.
r
fo
e k
we .
a s…
o d i
r i r y
n
pe ibra
e L Insufficient exposure to
O
books

Reading mainly for


reference work

Selection by the teacher


Role of class libraries

lass libraries promote

Nichols, Rupley, & Rickleman, 2004


Developing print awareness

Literacy development

Reading & writing


Merits of class libraries

 Orients children to book handling techniqu


 Promotes print awareness
 Ushers them into positive reading behavio
 Promotes both aesthetic and efferent read
 Is in sync with the active nature of child
Merits of class libraries

Presents variety of literature


Ready access Appeals to linguistic, visual learners

Authentic Reading &


Writing context
Provides print rich
Environment
Display

Do not stack books Make it within


Where only spine is visible child’s reach

Display books face up Advertize your


reading corner

Do not hard bound


Labeling your class library

 Special name to  Fables


reading corner  Magazines
 Book reviews  Reviews
 Fresh arrivals  Newspapers
 Wordless picture  Self made books
books  Pamphlets
 Folktales  Catalogues
 Author’s byte  Posters
 Fairy tales
Activities for class libraries

 Reading aloud  Talk about author,


 Point to text illustrator, title, sub-
title
 Predict plot
 Point to logos,
 Display sight words publishing firm etc.
 Talk about cover,  Talk about previous
back page text and reading experiences
pictures
icture books on nature
with descriptive &
narrative language

C
O
N
T
E
N
T
Maths
through
Content
picture
books

Biography

Experie
ntial
story
Folktale

wonder

Humorous
Role of librarian
 Emphasize importance of class
libraries
 Procure variety of children’s

literature
 Grade the books into reading

levels
 Re-educate teachers about the

reading process
Conditions for learning
Example
Brian 4E’s Expectati
Cambourne ons
Engagem
ent
Employm
ent
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