• The Library Policy for Kendriya Vidyalayas, 2007 and CMP for Qualitative improvement of the Primary Education articulate that the Class libraries will be under the charge of class teacher.
• The class teacher will get books from the main library, which will be in accordance with the standard and interest of the age group of the children of the class concerned.
• The class teacher will ensure that every pupil in the class maintains a notebook in which the name of the book read, its author and a brief account of the content is recorded.
• In schools, the main library is generally meant for secondary and Higher Secondary students. It is because there are not enough periods for accommodating primary children.
• So Class libraries are formed. Here the library goes to the class. Every Class has its own library.
· Supporting Literacy Instruction
The first function of a classroom library is to support reading and writing instruction—in school and out. To this end, outfit your classroom library with books and other media materials to support student learning in the entire daily curriculum subjects. It include materials related to books on comics, stories, fictions, educational, educational games/ puzzles, children magazines, children encyclopedia, science, health, mathematics, history, economics, geography, music, art, drama, dance, languages, grammar, spelling, literature, computers, and other topics. Build an adequate collection of fiction and nonfiction materials at enough different levels to accommodate the many interests and abilities of students.
· Helping Students Learn About Books
Next, an effective classroom library provides a place for teachers to teach and children to learn about books and book selection. Here children can experience a variety of book genres and other reading materials in a smaller and more controlled environment than in the school or public library. We can also use the classroom library to teach students how to take care of books. We can set up a book repair area for instruction on repair, and display a poster with clear directions on how to mend torn pages, remove marks in the books, cover frayed edges, or fix broken bindings. We can also use the classroom library to teach students effective strategies for selecting relevant, interesting, and appropriate reading materials. A good classroom library helps students locate books easily and gives them room to get comfortable.
· Providing a Central Location for Classroom Resources
We can also use your classroom library as an organized central storage location for classroom instructional resources. Here is additional space for organizing science equipment, magazines, and other materials that support learning.
· Providing Opportunities for Independent Reading and Curricular Extensions
The fourth important function of a classroom library is as a resource and location for independent reading, personal exploration, project research, and individual assessment. Every good comprehensive reading program provides students daily time to read independently. The classroom library is typically the resource that supports children’s daily independent reading of self-selected books that meet their personal, recreational reading interests.
Further, an in-class library offers a setting for students to quietly read aloud and discuss a book with a peer or the teacher. This provides an ideal opportunity for teachers to conduct an informal assessment of each student’s reading, which will help to plan individualized instruction.