shoe boxes for library

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  1. thomps6

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    Does anyone use the Sterilite clear plastic shoe boxes for their classroom library? Any pros and cons? Thanks for your help! We do not have access to IKEA or 99 cent stores-small town.
     
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    i dont but i think as long as each container is full like so full the books stand straight i think it wouls work. if there half full they will tip
     
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    I use them for my chapter books
     
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    I use them. Even half full, they can stand up on their own. A whole row of them, one next to the other, is very sturdy. It's actually a big pain when they are too full with books because then the students can't flip through and look at the covers (no space).

    Oh, and I re-use those big salad boxes (like at Costco or Whole Foods) to hold books too. They are deeper. =)
     
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    I use them. I fill them about 3/4 full of books, and they work great. The littles are also able to flip through the books when the boxes aren't quite full.
    With an electric drill, I drilled two small holes in the front of the boxes and attached cute title tags with book rings.
    Sturdy, flexible, and cheap -- you can't get much better than that!
     
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    I bought 36 plastic shoe boxes with covers (for storage in my classroom) but have used them as my book bins in the past... anyway I digress- I got them at www.dollartreedirect.com for $36.00. I thought it was a really great deal! I am picking them up next week. I think it was a great find!
     
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    p.s. They will mail them to you but I think there is a small extra charge.
     
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    i got them 3 for a dollar at AC Moore about 3 weeks ago!! it was a sale though.
     
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    Thank you to everyone! I am glad I found something that will work! I love the idea of drilling holes in them and attaching the label with the book rings. I was going to attach the labels with packing tape but I also worried the kids might pick at it and then it will look crummy. I hope everyone enjoys their libraries!!
     
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    I attach my labels with velcro. They stay on well, and help keep the kids organized.
     
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    Ooooooh-I LOVE that idea. I'm worried because I have some series combined, and what if I get more of a series and need two separate baskets? If I've glued on the label, I've wasted that basket and now need two more. This way I can rotate books and move them around. Awesome idea, bowler.
     

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