Transition seems to be the constant when it comes to learning to read. Just as a student becomes comfortable in one reading level, the next is quickly on their heels. Our students are sponges and need books to refelct their growing independence. The First Chapter Book shelves serve to bridge that transitional time between checking out beginning readers to reading in the fiction collection. First chapter books have a large green dot on the side and employ the call number prefix FC. Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne are in this section. Their call number would look like the example to the left. The FC designates it in the computer and the green dot physically helps volunteers re-shelve the book more efficiently. SInce this age of reader is naturally drawn to repetition and they want to get to know their main characters in subsequent stories that involve adventures or problems or mysteries, the bins are there to serve those readers and help keep some order in the library. When the shelves were arranged traditionally with book ends and spines out, whole series of books would be in a jumbled heap upon the floor. This would often say more about our shelving, and the excited nature of our students. There are still messes as children live and work here, but they are more easily resolved and kids can be part of that resolution.