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Leveling Easy Readers in Libraries

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Five series with level one on cover


Here are some examples of leveling systems
developed by public libraries:



Thanks to Betsy Raczkowski for getting permission to share these easy reader resources from Rochester Hills Public Library in Michigan.
The guidelines for red, yellow, green and blue levels are available at:
Booklists, strategies for helping new readers and links to catalog searches by level are available at:



Patricia Castelli, Orem Public Library in Utah (http://lib.orem.org ) added a series note to identify the books that are easiest to read.  The series name is OPL Easy Beginner Books.  Training is still needed to get staff and public to do a series, rather than keyword, search.



Thanks to Mindy Hacker, Milne Public Library in Williamstown, MA (http://milnelibrary.org/ ) for documenting her project to provide an updated leveling system to her “Early Readers”.



Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian at Matheson Memorial Library (http://www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us/ ),
reports that she uses the publisher's leveling numbers for the easy readers.  Here is her e-mail explaining why this works well with parents and kids in her community. 



Thanks to Lisa M. Sensale, Early Literacy Specialist at Boone County Public Library (http://www.bcpl.org ) in Kentucky, for sharing this leveling system for beginning reader books.
The system has four different color levels.  Books are shelved by color code.  Librarians working with the system report that students express confidence when they are able to move to the next level. 



Susan Lempke, from Niles Public Library District (http://www.nileslibrary.org/ ) in Illinois, shared this four level system. 



In 2008, Penny Neef presented a program about leveling at the Public Library Association (PLA) conference in Minneapolis.
Here is her handout, describing the four color leveling system designed for the West Bloomfield Township Public Library (http://www.wblib.org/ ) in Michigan.



Thanks to Renee Grassi for sharing the leveling system that she created for Deerfield Public Library (http://www.deerfieldlibrary.org/deerfield/ ).  Based on the work of Penny Neef (above), the library uses this pamphlet to explain it to patrons.  Renee reports that circulation has increased tremendously since the leveling system was established.  Parents, particularly, like being able to select materials themselves.



Share your leveling system

If your library has a leveling system or you have a story to share about leveling, please send it to me at EduKateTodd@gmail.com so that I can add it to this wiki.

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