I split the kids into two groups and they spend about 20 minutes listening to me tell them about their new responsibilities and privileges as middle schoolers (they count as teens in our library) and show them some books. They also spend about 20 minutes on a short tour, including visiting The Basement (there would be much protest if we skipped this, as at least half the kids now expect to visit it when they get to fifth grade). Then they have about 20 minutes to check out. It doesn't take them that much time to select books, especially since I've been booktalking them, but I usually have a lot of expired, lost, or messed up library cards to fix. The kids who are done hang out in our play area. You're never too old for trains and a play kitchen apparently!
I can handle this one on my own with two classes, but more than that and it needs two staff to split the group in half.
Booktalking cards (I update these every year - if you want the current file email me at jwharton(at)elkhorn.lib.wi.us
- This needs a minimum of two people, one to run the tour and me for booktalking and lecturing. Additional staff are really only needed for checkout at the end. I did add a section explaining in loco parentis and contrasting the number of people in their school with the number of people served by the library to explain why I don't have time to work individually with them when they're misbehaving - I will just ask them to leave.