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Lincoln Elementary opened its doors earlier this month. A few last minute items were being finished, everything except the library. The books stayed in boxes and the shelves remained empty, because students were going to put the library together.

The school's principal says letting all the students help organize and set up the library may have seemed like a cool way to get out of class to students. But, it actually was teaching the students how to categorize, generalize and sort books.

For the next few days every Lincoln student will spend at least 30 minutes a day working in the library.

Stacking, sorting, stamping, sticking and shelving more than 4,000 new books onto cases.

Normally, library assistants or school parents would help set up the books according to the dewy decimal system. However, this library is different, it's still organized alphabetically and categorically, but numbers are not the main focus.

Students are organizing according to theme and their interest.

"I really like books and I really like to read, a lot," says second grader, Justin McKnight.

Depending upon the grade level, students were told to organize either the fiction or non-fiction books into categories like insects, animals and so on. 
"Several of the little guys and gals yesterday were talking, 'This is great! We should be able to do this everyday. Oh, I'd even miss stations 'or' I'd even miss a daily five, if I could come down to the library and help.' So, it caused us to think about how we can get kids involved in there, not just pulling out books, but doing other things in the library," says Barb Sandstrom, BPS.

Everyone like the idea of not being in class and helping the school.

"We put stickers on the books. And we put them back in the boxes and then we bring them over to the bookshelves," says second grader, Jack Gebhardt. 

Teachers agreed this project was a great way to introduce new books to the kids.

"I didn't find my favorite books but I found a book that I would really like. Well it's a magic treehouse book," says second grader, Addysen Geerdes.

The librarians working with the children say they're proud the students have taken such great interest in building the library.

Lincoln faculty say by letting students organize the library it makes them feel included in building their new school.



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