Thursday, November 19, 2015


What do you do with thousands and thousands of children's books when you retire?

I've been dealing with this dilemma now for several months. After over 40 years of collecting and buying books, I decided to make a library for my grandkids. First, I sorted through all my books and gave a lot of them to my school. I chose only my most favorite ones to keep. Which ended up being quite a few. It's taken me almost six months to decide how I wanted my library organized but I think I'm almost there.
The shelves and boxes are from IKEA. 
 My daughter-in-law did the cute vinyl!
 I grouped the books by genre, authors, levels, and favorite read-aloud. I labeled the boxes so the kids can find what they want but also so they can put the books back when they're finished. There is just one more thing I'm working on and that is cataloging all the books into my laptop for a check-out system. Each family has a book bag and comes often to pick books to take home. The older girls LOVE to play 'school' too.

Needless to say, the grandkids are LOVING it! And so are their moms. Not to mention, grandma LOVES it too.

1 comment:

SDNana said...

What a wonderful idea! I moved from my first grade classroom to a reading specialist position three years ago. I left all of the books for the new teacher. Now I wish I would have kept some of them! I may have to start collecting again.