It's been great to hear from many of my readers over Christmas break! As I was answering the messages, it occurred to me that others may have some of the same questions. Today's post will be a collection of questions and answers I've answered via email recently.
Q. Help! I don't have my Black Friday coupon code!
A. If you purchased a coupon code for library lesson plans during my Black Friday sale, you should have received an email from me shortly after your purchase. If you can't find it, your coupon code is your first name and last initial. Mine would be JOCELYNS, for instance. If you purchased under someone else's name, your coupon code is probably their first name and last initial. Remember that your personalized coupon code can only be used 5 times. Still having trouble? Just email me - info (at) elementarylibrarian (dot) com.
Q. Why isn't my coupon code working?
A. The most common problem with coupon codes is putting the code in too early. Put your library lesson plans in the shopping cart, enter the coupon code, and hit apply. You should see the discount before checking out.
Q. Could I see a sample of your library lesson plans? Is there a list of topics you cover throughout the year?
A. You can get a free sample of my library lesson plans just for signing up for my email list. It's totally free, and I can assure you that I take your email privacy very seriously. I will never send you junk, or sell your email address to others who will send you junk.
To get an idea of what I cover throughout the year, check out my Library Curriculum Map. I do not always stick to this exactly, but it is a good general guideline of what my library lesson plans will cover.
Q. How do I get discounts on your library lesson plans?
A. The best way to stay informed about specials and discounts on my site is to subscribe to the Elementary Librarian email list. As I mentioned above, you will receive a free sample of my library lesson plans just for subscribing, and you will also receive my monthly newsletter with highlights from the site and special exclusive offers for email subscribers. I also offer multi-school and district discounts. Contact me if you're interested in those discounts.
Q. Do you plan to cover the Caldecott and Newbery medal winners (or various other subjects)?
A. I did not include the Caldecott and Newbery medal books in my library lesson plans this year. As I mentioned on my Frequently Asked Questions page, I choose my lesson topics based on my school's schedule. Our students are required to have two hours of reading every day, so I concentrate more on library and research skills than reading skills and reading promotion during my short class time. I rely on collaboration with teachers to help me promote reading throughout the school using the Accelerated Reader program and various other reading incentives.
I do plan to offer some extra lesson packages that include the Caldecott and Newbery medals (and other topics) this summer. I've also considered creating some novel units that are aligned to the Common Core standards. If you have suggestions for library lesson plans or other products you'd like to see on my site, please contact me.
Q. Where are the library lesson plans for February, March, April, and May?
A. I have started on the lesson plans for the remainder of the year, but I am not finished yet. As I've mentioned before, I have many jobs: wife, mommy to a four-year-old and almost two-year-old, librarian, and website owner. I work on this site entirely in my spare time, so I strive to get each month's library lesson plans completed no later than the 15th of the prior month. In other words, February's lesson plans will be posted no later than January 15th. I hope to get some months done earlier, but I'm not going to make any promises.
Q. What if I have other questions that you didn't cover here?
A. I am always happy to help, but remember that I work at school during the day, so it may take me a while to get to your email. To get answers quickly, here are a couple of options. First, check my Frequently Asked Questions page. I've answered many questions there. Another option is to use the search bar on the right side of my page. It's right under the email subscription form. There's a chance I may have answered your question elsewhere on the site.
I hope this information is helpful! Feel free to leave a comment here if there's a question I missed! I'll be happy to help.