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An easy and effective way to organize your middle school classroom library! Simple labels, bulletin boards, and ways to make your library a place where students are excited to come!

There are few things that I love more about decorating my classroom than putting together my classroom library. This year I finally got my act together and really organized my library in a way that makes sense and includes engagement from my students.

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