I was wondering if anyone closed circulation during book fair? I am really struggling with this. I have NO help either from the book fair, or in the library ad the past two days have killed me. I had over 50 children in my library this morning while trying to run a register, a circ. desk, find books, count money, find prices, and solve a number of various other issues suh as locked out of A.R. tests, forgotten passwords, and lost money. My question is how mad do the teachers get when or if you have cut off circulation? I feel like it is not only a management issue, but a safety issue as well. There is just no way to crowd control 50+ children, check them out and run a register...two important things that could come back to bite me in the butt if not done the right way because I can't give it some attention. Is a week really THAT long to go without circulation? What are some procedures that you have during book fair? Also, my fair is set up right in the midst of all the shelves...go figure!
Yes, book fairs and daily operations are definitely a juggling act! You are righ; t it is a management issue that requires lots of pre-planning and communication. But well worth it. I keep the media center running as close to normal as possible. But I am at a middle school and I have at least two student aides per period that have been through extensive circulation training. I also have student aides working the book fair to help with extra eyes and hands to keep things straightened up and help with finding prices and bagging. You must have some sort of help to do it all. Good Luck.