New Classroom Library!

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  1. buck8teacher

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    So I'm finally done with a project I've been waiting to do since I found this idea on Mrs. Van Dyke's website in April! Woohoo! :) I need about six more bins, that I'll put on my wooden bookshelf on the side, but I'm really happy with how it came out. However, I realized I actually do have A LOT of books. I'm trying to not buy any for a while, and replace some that I notice are never read with more popular series from Scholastic throughout the year.
    Most of this library is from the thrift store! YAY for Goodwill!
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    Please excuse the mess that is currently my classroom. I'm actually overhauling and organizing! :)
     
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  3. Jem

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    GORGEOUS!!!!!

    Where are the bins from?
     
  4. buck8teacher

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    The bins are from IKEA, they were only $1.50 each and they match my Americana theme perfectly!
     
  5. StickyNotes

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    Looks great! Where did you get the crates that the bins are stacked on?
     
  6. buck8teacher

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    I got them at Target, and they were extras from an organizing project I did. You could use milk crates too.
     
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    A very attractive and colorful arrangement. Are your books placed in bins that have lexile numbers? If not, how do your students choose the appropriate reading level books? All of my book bins are lexiled so my students know what bins they should be choosing from. The only books not lexiled are non-fiction, bios, animals, nature, magazines.
     
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    There is a label on each of my books that says what the Lexile of the book, so then they just put it back in the right leveled tub. :) I just alernated red and blue b/c I thought it was pretty!
     
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    That looks great! Very inviting to pick up a book :) Congrats on finishing such a big project too.
     
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    The reason I asked about the label is because I couldn't quite read it from the picture. Thanks for the answer.
     
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    Your library looks great! Isn't Goodwill the best? Those bins for $1.50 look great. They look like they are good quality for that price. I'll have to make a trip to IKEA when I get a classroom!
     
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    library

    You're hard work definitely paid off! It looks awesome! A+! :)
     
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    Looks great! Aren't those lables from Beth Newingham the BEST?! I use them in my room also!
     
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    ooppps on second glance it looks like those are different labels...sorry! :sorry: They still look awesome!!
     
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    No IKEA in Kansas and no $1 bins at Target either!!!:|
     
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    Maybe IKEA will come your way soon? Luckily, our's is a very close drive for me, otherwise I would have had to find something else!
     
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    Very nice! No IKEA or Staples here, but we now have TWO Targets! Yippee! I am waiting on most of my library until I actually have a class of my own, because I don't know what I'll need!
     
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    Buck8- It looks AWESOME! I'm jealous! =) I have a bunch of books... but they are packed away while we are living in corporate housing. =( I would love to go ahead and level them, but I'll just have to wait until August! Your room looks very inviting, I love it!
     
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    That looks great!! I went to the website mentioned in your post and saw the instructions for making the shelving. Was it difficult? Where did you find appropriately sized wood? I'd love to do this (I was going to buy garage-style plastic shelving like on http://www.jmeacham.com, but this looks much cheaper!). but I don't have access to power tools for cutting and drilling holes (living in a condo in the city).
     
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    It wasn't hard at all! I just measured the space I wanted to fit it in, and knew I needed a board about eight feet long. My dad and I then took one of the bins with us to Home Depot to figure out which type of board I needed, width wise. I actually didn't need to have my board cut, but Home Depot will cut it down for you.

    Then we just spaced out my Target crates. We took a drill and then drilled a couple set of holes where each crate would go. I think I had four zip ties on each board, so a total of eight holes. I took the boards, and crates up to my room and assembled it without any help.

    If you take a crate to Home Depot and explain that you don't have the tools, maybe they'll drill the holes for you. In all, it cost me about $55. Bins, boards, crates---you can probably get milk crates donated. :)

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Great work! Looks FAB!:2up:
     
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    Wow, that looks awesome! The pics are enough to make me want to take on the task of organizing my own classroom library. :)
     
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    Totally cool!!! I have those red and blue bins too! They look nice like that! I have the blue as my leveled book bins, the red as my nonfiction book bins. I bought some smaller bins (they aren't gonna match but oh well!) for chapter book series and favorite authors! I just need to find more shelf space! Milk crates are a great idea. I wonder what the cheapest is we can find them...
     
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    hmmmm... When I was in college, I knew some people who practically decorated their apartments with milk crates! They used to drive behind the grocery stores & snatch em! Of course, I would never advocate that type of thing... that would just be wrong!
     
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    I saw Target has some red and clear (I think) ones that have a bubble-style cutout on the side for $3.49. Pretty cheap, I thought.
     
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    Or you could wait until the milk is delivered at your school and "borrow" one. TeeJeeeJiiii:woot:
     
  27. buck8teacher

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    If they are made by Sterlite, this is what I used!

    Big Lots also has some crates. It also doesn't hurt to ask your local Kroger, Wal Mart, gas station, etc...if you can have a milk crate or two. I used to work for Kroger, and we did this type of thing all the time. Your school cafeteria might have extra as well!
     
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    I would want to read if I were one of your students! Your library looks great!!!
     
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    Those look great! I am tempted to copy them- I got 6 crates from a local garage sale website (like craigslist). I have a question though- do you have a picture where you attached the board to the bins? I can't see it in my head.

    Thanks!
     

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