You asked about a way to keep track of the books your students check out. When I first organized my classroom library I had a pocket chart with each student's name. The students were required to write the name of the books they checked out on an index card each time they put new books in their book box. However, this became a very time-consuming and laborious task for the students and began to take time away from their actual reading of the books. For this reason, I did away with a check-out system. I now trust my students to put books in their book box and then exchange them for new books when necessary.
However, your situation is different since it sounds like the kids come to you instead of having them exchanging books on a daily basis in your classroom. If you are only allowing your students to check books on a scheduled basis, the index card system may work for you.
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