We rarely leave the library without a sizable stack of books. Hard as I try, once the due date rolls around, there is always one stray book that I am scrambling to find as we're running out the door (luckily, our library only fines overdue movies).
I'm looking for library book storage solutions (and suggestions from you readers) to make our library book due dates a
lot little less stressful.
Below are a few of my favorite possibilities:
On my "to do" list is this idea from See Rebecca Sew who transformed a thrifted magazine rack into the above finished product - with a fresh coat of paint, and a painted on chalkboard label (my favorite touch) where you can conveniently see and change the due date.
You could easily paint a chalkboard label on any type of box/tub/rack to turn it into your library book storage bin - better yet, did you know that you can buy chalkboard contact paper and chalkboard labels?
I LOVE this library style bookshelf as seen on Apartment Therapy. Can you believe it was made from an old drawer? Simply repainted it, and added legs. I love this "method" or storing books, much easier for little hands to put away than "bookshelf" style.
Of course, designating a specific bag for library books can be a simple way to keep them in one place (and also eliminates the balancing act when you're carrying a stack to the car). I remember my mom sewing library bags for all 6 kids in my family one summer . . . I wish I still had mine.
Lulu's Tiles shows how to personalize a pre-made canvas bag, and also includes instructions on how to attach a clear vinyl pocket (which will hold your library receipt/due date slip). I've used this tutorial to make library bags as birthday gifts.
And this one . . . I think it would make my day to see someone carrying it around, or at least bring a smile to my face . . . might just have to make it for myself.
How do you keep your library books in order? Do you have a specific spot for them? What is your system for getting them back on time?