I had a few questions and suggestions after my last post about elementary magazine subscriptions. I want to share those with you.
First of all, our district's vendor for magazine subscriptions is:
Magazine Subscriptions PTP
2707 Princeton Drive
Austin TX 78741
We've used this individual for the 3 years I've been with the district, and I haven't had a problem with any of our subscriptions. We just send one check to her for all of the subscriptions, and I can ignore those pesky renewal notices for each individual magazine.
Second, to check out the magazines to students, I put barcodes on poly project folders like these. They are a bit sturdier than sheet protectors, and they have 2 sides open so that it's easy to slide a magazine inside.
The plastic gives the magazine some protection as it travels with the student. In our system, we create a temporary catalog record (magazine title, date, and barcode) each time we check out a magazine. The record disappears after the magazine is checked in, and we re-use the cover with the barcode on it.
We charge $2 for a lost magazine and $1 for a lost cover. And we spend the first few weeks of school saying, "now, remember that you need to turn in the magazine AND the cover," each time a student checks out a magazine. It works for us!
Third, I had some more magazines suggested:
Kiki: This girl magazine is ad-free and focuses on creativity. I haven't seen this one before. Now I want it for our students!
Zoobooks: I have lots of back issues of Zoobooks. I use them for animal research projects, and I circulate them. If I didn't have these, I would definitely subscribe. It's an inexpensive way to add more animal non-fiction to your collection.
Thanks for your questions and suggestions. Keep 'em coming! Together, we're all better!