In the lobby/entry area of my classroom, I have set up a table with baskets of books that parents can check out if they wish. So far, all of the books are my own personal books that I am lending out. I wanted parents to have a chance to read more about Montessori education without having to purchase their own books. And honestly, most of these books would have sat on a shelf all year otherwise. Additionally, I added several children's activity books that I had as well as some other parenting books that are not necessarily Montessori-related. Here is how I have it set up.
The little sign explains the checkout system (see below) and the black box is for the library cards. I have this set up the old-fashioned way with a library pocket inside the front cover of each book and a library card in the pocket stating the title and author. No bar-codes for me!!
I hope parents will utilitze the resources here as well as add books from their own collection. If you would like a copy of the little sign pictured above, you may download it here. I sized it to fit a 5X7 inch photo frame. I just backed mine with construction paper, laminated it, and slipped it into this clear photo frame that I found when out thrifting this summer.