Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Library Living At Home: Avoiding Library Fines

I love it when my readers ask questions - this is for you, Liz

I hit my library card limit of 99 items frequently, and rarely have late fee fines. How? The books are strategically placed where the children and I have easy access to them. Don't worry: my endless, pull-your-hair-out searching is dedicated to other notable tasks: finding children's shoes, socks, pencils with erasers, pencils with lead, tape, scissors, the cordless phones, the TV remote, can you relate? But library books are effortless to find in our home. Here is how our boys library in their room:

Easy, Cozy Access: A few shelves and lights from Ikea and we're in business. The children rarely move the books from this area because the books are located in the ultimate cozy, easy to reach spot. Library books have a better chance of getting lost (and unread) if I put them on our book shelves. 

An Eclectic Mix: We read a lot of picture books, which is why I hit my limit. The children can read upwards of 10 per night (x three kids = 30 books). I go to the library 3-5 times a week (a benefit of my job and living location) so I return and replace them frequently. Poetry, biographies, graphic novels, science and math - all in picture book beauty.

To witness this each night is joy. And knowing where the books are helps avoid fines and encourages stress-free sleeping for me.

How do you keep track of your library items? If you have tips and tricks, please share.

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xoxo Michele

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