Welcome to Lil' Country Librarian

Welcome! Lil' Country Librarian is a blog devoted to assisting elementary teacher-librarians and early childhood teachers/parents in finding resources quickly and inexpensively. You will find lesson plans, classroom tips, resource links and printables that will make teaching library easier and more meaningful for your students. I hope you enjoy your visit. Please come back soon!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Turn Dollar Tree Cutting Boards into Sturdy Shelf Dividers

Librarians and Teacher...run, don't walk to your nearest Dollar Tree! You're going to need lots of these cutting boards to make new shelf dividers for your books! 

This year I became the K-12 District Library Media Specialist for our schools. I am going between our elementary school library in the mornings and our junior high/high school library in the afternoons. Since our high school library hadn't been used as a library in several years, I inherited a pretty massive mess, but couldn't wait to take it on! I love organizing! One of the first things I needed was better signage. I wasn't able to afford much on my library budget, so as I laid in bed thinking of anything and everything sturdier than cardstock, Dollar Tree cutting boards popped into my head and the rest is history! 

I can't wait to make some of these for our elementary library, as well. Only I think I will print colored pictures on cardstock and just fold them over the ends of the cutting boards and cover over them with packing tape. 

Font used on the shelf dividers: Century Gothic (Bold)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

*FREE* 10 Christmas Gift Bookmarks for Teachers and Staff

Need a quick and inexpensive gift for your teachers and staff? I have just the thing! I created a free set of bookmarks that you can print on cardstock, hole punch and add a little ribbon to make a cute gift for your school friends! Just click here or on the picture below to take you to my TpT store to download this freebie! While you're there, be sure to follow my store to be notified of new products and freebies! 

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

FREE Substitute Activities and Lesson Plans for K-6 Library Classes

Since my elementary school is in-person/seated at this time, I am doing Library on a Cart for the foreseeable future. With the unknowns that can occur at any time and with the possibility of being quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure, my goal is to have several weeks worth of substitute lesson plans ready in case I would need to be absent and not have time to plan. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on sub plans and I wanted to try to keep the ideas super simple and easy for a sub to complete with my classes since they have to go into 21 different classrooms throughout the week and will not likely complete check-in/out. I thought this might be beneficial for some of you, as well. 

I added multi-age resource links, book specific links and fillers. Click on the picture below to take you to the Google Slide with resource links. This document will be a work in progress, so be sure to check back often. 

I also included a link to a Google Form to complete if you have any resource or lesson plan links you'd like to submit. 

Here's to hoping we never have to use these, but staying hopeful that we'll be prepared if necessary! :) 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

{FREE Printable} Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea

I cannot wait to have my Kindergarten students later this coming week so I can read Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and illustrated by Zachariah Ohora! I feel like the kids will absolutely love it! It's a great way to just take all the embarrassment out of the way right up front with the littles! ;) I needed a quick activity to go with making predictions, so I came up with a free printable (at the bottom of this post) to go along with the book.

I love that Bob Shea has a book trailer and a read-aloud on YouTube for this story, too! With kiddos having to spread out so far in their classrooms for in-person learning right now, this will be perfect for me to project for them to watch. (I will be doing push-in/library on a cart classes for the foreseeable future, like many of you.)


Click here or on the picture below to download a free PDF copy of this activity. 

Emoji clip art by Pic n Mix can be found here