|Imagine it with EVERY book off, which was a common.|
Here were some things I noticed with our bookshelf full of books:
- The obvious fact that the shelves were continuously emptied, but not for the purpose of reading every book, and I would spend lots of time putting it back together.
- The kids always wanted to read the SAME books, no matter how many were on the shelves.
- We go to our local library a couple times a month and those library books were common choices to read, even though we have tons of our own.
- It was hard for the kids to find what book they wanted when all they could see was the spine facing out towards them.
As I envisioned it, we would take a trip to our library weekly to "check out new books." Over the past month our library has issued its own library cards and book bags to its patrons. Here's how the process looks...
|Here I am, in all my Saturday morning splendor, explaining to Abby that I would like her to point to her name. Look at my very serious teacher face as I give directions. Oh my.|
|And here is Abby mid-tantrum after she has picked the "ELI" bag and I have explained that she needs to take the "ABBY" bag. That didn't turn out like I thought it would. Oh my, again.|
|Here we are our Our Library.|
Once our book bags are full, we head back downstairs with our new treasures. We then put them on our CLEARED bookshelf in just two baskets...
|They get so excited about their new books, just like if we had been to our local library.|
Things I have noticed since we reararranged our books:
- We are reading a better variety of our books.
- It seems easier for the kids to choose books when the number of choices available is not so overwhelming.
- With our books in baskets, if is easier for the kids to find books as they can easily see the covers, as opposed to just the spines.
- I personally like the clean look of the bookshelf.
ps...occasionally I do miss coming in to the living room and seeing my kids covered in every book from the shelf. It's just so cute.