Adventures in Pinterest: Library Books

My kid loves the library.


Our local branch is really nothing special; it’s likely no different than the one in your own city. The children’s section has been well loved over the years. Adjacent to the stacks sits a reading amphitheater, where parents of little ones pour through picture books as their kids wrestle the tattered stuffed animals that have been there as long as I can remember.

I’m actually kind of glad those days of sitting in the reading amphitheater have passed.

We now browse the shelves looking for an author she’s learned about during her school’s library hours or the next book in the Junie B. Jones series (which, by the way, I do not love). She fills her book bag with anywhere from five to ten books, we get checked out and then we’re off.

The rule in our house is that library books stay downstairs. They do not mix with the books she owns because it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack if those two books mixed. Plus, it helps me remember that those books need to be returned.

But, that doesn’t always work. Earlier this month, I got a letter from our library stating that I owed $25 in late fines. Yes, $25! Ten books almost two weeks late is an expensive fine and one I don’t want to pay again!

For this month’s Adventures in Pinterest, I set out to find a project that would help me keep the library books organized and returned on time. Here’s the original pin from I Heart Organizing.

Totally cute, right? I needed to take it a step further to work for me.

PicMonkey Collage

So, you can totally find a basket with an attached chalkboard just about anywhere right now. But, I already had all the stuff at home to make this library book return basket. I used a basket big enough to hold a variety of book sizes, a mini-chalkboard tag I originally bought from Pottery Barn Kids when my little one was a baby, cotton twine, and a piece of sidewalk chalk to write the due date.

Write the date the books are due back to the library and pile your books in the basket. Simply wipe off the old date and write the new due date when you get home with new books. Truth: I’ll be golden if I can now just remember to swing by the library to drop the books off once they are in my car!

To see more Adventures in Pinterest, check out the projects by Anna, Jessica, and Megan. You can also link up your own Pinterest-inspired project over at In The Next 30 Days starting November 25th.


  1. That’s awesome! Confession: I don’t even let my kids check out library books because I am such a failure at returning them.

  2. I can’t stand Junie B Jones! And $25 doesn’t even come close to our highest library fine.

  3. AWESOME idea! And so very necessary. The book mobile comes to preschool, so I really have no choice but deal with checked out. But my saving grace is that our library doesn’t charge late fees for picture books, so I’m safe, for now …

  4. I get emails AND texts from my library, and I STILL return my books late. Makes my husband’s blood pressure hover just below “stroke”.

    Junie B. Jones is not a nice girl and her grammar and manners are deplorable.


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