Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hot Seats!

One of the stools in the Library broke recently, and I needed to replace it. When shopping online at my usual library supply haunts, I discovered that these tractor seat stools were way cuter and way cheaper than their ugly, typical, boring stool cousins.  So voila! For $60 each from Demco, we've got some hot new seats. I can't wait for the kids to see them on Monday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Choose This!

Woodville Elementary School has an amazing school librarian, but not an amazing book budget.

My friend Melissa Ingram is the school librarian at Woodville Elementary School in Tallahassee, FL. 81% of her students qualify for free or reduced lunch. She has a small budget to purchase books for the school library, and she would like to purchase copies of the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award books so that her students can participate in the statewide reading program.

Melissa is quite the go-getter, and has set up a project request on to raise the funds to pay for the Sunshine State books so her students can vote for their favorite with the other elementary students in Florida.

I can't tell you how excited the students are to read these books and then vote for their favorite. Don't you want to be a part of that joy?

Please consider donating to her project.  Or better yet, go ahead and donate to her project

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs...

After rearranging and reorganizing the books and the sections of the library this summer, I wanted to install new signage in the library.  In the past, I always printed our signs myself, but I wanted the new signage to look really professional and sophisticated.

So I called my friend Kim Williams, owner of The Polka Dot Press, and designer extraordinaire.  She runs a wonderful store in Tallahassee where you can pick up beautiful gifts and custom items, but you can also call her to order and she'll ship to you.  Check out her blog for great ideas - I've stolen quite a few of her ideas for the library (evidence can be found here).

Kim designed, printed, and laminated all of these Dewey signs and shelf labels for me for a very reasonable price.  I gave her a list of the signs I needed, told her I like bright colors & the chevron pattern, and said I wanted them to be fun but sophisticated.  She had them ready for pick up within a week of ordering them, too!  I bought the frames on sale at Hobby Lobby, and voila!

Something's Fishy in the Library

Meet the newest member of the FSUS Library team!  His name is... um, well, we don't know yet.

This boy betta needs a name... so of course I'm letting the kids name him!  We've taken name nominations, and this week the students will vote to choose his name.  Some suggestions have been: Red Feather, Bob, and Sushi.  I'll keep you posted.

On our fish's first day in the library, a 3rd grade boy proclaimed, "FINALLY we got a REAL fish in this library!"  I'm not sure why this "finally" happened or what un-"real" fish we already had in the library, but I'm glad I could make the kids happy.