Protecting Books in Classroom Library

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  1. DreamToTeach

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    I have many books in my classroom library collection that have a dust jacket. I would like to protect them somehow. I don't want to just take them off because I am hoping the interesting covers will get kids to pick them up. I remember reading last year about a better way to cover softcover books to protect them from wear. Instead of tape or contact paper, it was suggested to use some material that they carry at home improvement stores. That's all I remember. Can anyone help me? :help:
     
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    Wow. There are so many types I'm not sure what I would need. I'll look again when I have a bit more time. Have you liked a particular product? Thank you so much!!
     
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    The laminating rolls look like they'd work really well.
     
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    At the International Reading Assoc Conference there was a vendor who had this laminating TYPE stuff for books. I'll try to find his website.

    But when he showed it to me...and demonstrated by doing a book (rather quickly)...and then *I* tried tearing the cover - and couldn't...i started to think of all the money i have ALREADY put into my classroom library preparation...and how the books in my cooperating teacher's library were SO badly ruined.

    If you are going to make an investment in your library...you should invest in KEEPING those books in decent shape. For YEARS...not months.

    Hmmmm....gotta find that guy's site again.
     
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    I've used the contact paper for years and my books have held up wonderfully. I didn't know there was anything else available.

    McKennal, I'll check back here for your site, thanks!
     
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    Honestly, I am trying to purchase only hardcover books for our library when possible because they are so much sturdier. For the hardcovers with a dust jacket, I use the Durafold Book Jacket covers on the Demco site. You just slide the dust jacket between a clear sheet and a paper backing and fold. Very easy.

    For paperbacks, I think the most inexpensive way to protect them would be to use clear contact paper. I'll keep checking back to see what other suggestions you get.
     

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