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.
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!