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How do you organize library items?

I'm trying to figure out a better way to keep track of items we check out from the library. Initially I tried having one space on the boys' bookshelf for library items. But they never remember to put them back there. Thank goodness the library system allows me to enter my email address so I get a notification two days before something is due, which has saved me a lot in overdue fines. Still, in the last year we've "lost" one item (which I'm sure we actually returned but was never reentered into their system) and sometimes it takes a few days to search every nook and cranny for the missing book or video so we can return it. If I keep the items in our library bag, then they don't get read. If I put them on their bookshelves, they get mixed in with our other books.

A few years ago I got a very pretty wire basket from Target that has two compartments and can either sit on the counter or be wall mounted. It has been a god-send as I used to have mail in stacks all over the house (counter, mud room bench, my desk, kitchen table) and when it came time to pay bills I was forever hunting for the envelopes I needed. I never did mount it to the wall, it sits at the end of my kitchen counter. Our kitchen is shaped like a U, with the fridge at one end and a long counter forming the other long side of the U, dividing it from the dining room. The end of the counter is a blank wooden wall/cupboard end, and I thought I might mount a magazine rack or something similar for the kids to keep their library items in. I found this one at Lillian Vernon, and it looks like it might do the trick. But they can't tell me the dimensions of the openings, and I'm afraid the ones at the top might be too small for paperbacks or dvds, and the one at the bottom might not hold everything we check out at a time.

So, what do you do with items you check out from the library? How do you keep track of them?

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goodjoan
Jul. 10th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
I have a little tote bag that I hang on the end of a railing we have in the living room. When I find the books around the house, I tuck them back in the bag. They are supposed to stay in the bag when they aren't reading them, but that rule is something of a fantasy in real life practice. Then, when we are heading back to the library, I just grab the bag. Our library prints a receipt of the books checked out and I keep that in the bag so I can double check what we have out vs what I have in the bag. Our library also emails with reminders, that's a godsend! If I can't find some of the books, I can go online and renew them. It's not a perfect system, but it's mostly functional!
gardenmama
Jul. 10th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
For some reason, if I leave books in the library bag, the kids never think to take them out. On one hand, they don't get lost. But on the other hand, they don't get read either! Yes, I love that I can go online to see what's checked out and renew anything we can't return right away. That's a godsend.

I was doing some more looking around and I think I might order this basket rack instead. It can sit in the corner of the living room by the tv where we usually put the library bag.