Problem and Solution: Monday Made It

The problem:
My classroom library is neat and organized, and every book is in it's place.
...Until my kiddos start borrowing books from the library.
Then dinosaurs make friends with Santa and animals go to space!

The solution:
 Handy library sticks in a cute new library stick holder!
{I posted about these sticks here and the original idea came from here.}
The sticks {how many times can I say sticks in this post?} are actually free paint sticks from Home Depot!  Hubs drilled the hole and I spray painted them with glittery silver, added ribbon, and hot glued my classroom numbers onto them:
My little ones are each assigned a student number at the beginning of the year.  They know to take the library stick with their number on it and put it in place of the book they are borrowing.  The sticks are tall, bright, and they stand out.  Now my kiddos always know where to return books!  It's a miracle!!

I used to hang the sticks on a hook, but it was hard to get one without knocking others down.  I found the solution to that problem just the other day when I used up the last of my powdered iced tea mix!  The container is just the right size.  Here is what I used to fancy it up:
{Lipton iced tea container, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, ribbon, cutting tools, and hot glue.}
 Remove the Lipton wrapper.  Cut your paper to size {you will need two strips, because the paper won't go all the way around} and Mod Podge it on!  I actually used four strips of paper because I used two different designs.  I also put a layer of Mod Podge over the paper for a nice finish.  Then I hot glued ribbon around the middle and added my "library sticks" label.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!! ;)

10.  That's how many times I said "stick/s" in this post.  Actually, now it's 11 :)
I'm linking up with Monday Made It... be sure to go see what everyone else is making!!


Kelli Eddleblute said...

Very cute!! Love the glittery silver!!

Are your books in baskets or just on a shelf like a regular old library?

Spotted in First Grade

Mrs. Kerola said...

These are so cute! My kids have about 7 books in their bag of books at a time from our class library, but I'm thinking I could still have them use them while they're book shopping so if they decide they don't want a book they already took, they could put it back.

Thanks for the cute idea! Come check out my blog when you have time.


Lisa R. said...

I absolutely love your paint stick idea. My students always leave my classroom library in disarray. This would definitely help. Thanks for sharing! :)
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Mrs. B. said...

Your book sticks are so cute! I may make them and use them for math as well. Thanks for sharing.

Hooty said...

Your can is adorable! I love how it turned out!

Hooty's Homeroom

Mrs. Plum said...

LOVE this! I'm definitely going to have to do this (maybe in red glitter, for Dorothy's shoes?) in my room!

There's No Place Like Second Grade

Mrs. P said...

These are super cute! I'm not sure I could use them in my library -- with kids taking 6 or so books out at a time, but I love how cute they are.. so I might just have to find a way! I just downloaded your free classroom numbers!! Thanks!

By the way, as a new teacher blogger.. just wanted to say that I always look forward to reading your blog!


Erin said...

Such a smart idea! I love that glittery silver spray paint! I'm trying to think of how many things I can use it on! :)

Creating & Teaching

Mandi Moore said...

Love these paint sticks, maybe this will be my "Made it Monday" for next week! I just linked up and HAD to give you a shout out, these are too adorable for anyone to miss! Come see :)

MOORE Fun In Kindergarten

Erika said...

Great idea Teri! Thanks.
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Jennifer said...

I love your library sticks. It is a great idea and they are really cute. Thanks so much for sharing!

Delighted in Second

Kristen said...

I gasped when I saw that first photo!! I LOVE THIS!!! So, so smart and they are so pretty.

You crack me up Teri, I enjoyed everything you said about your sticks!

Ms.Trinh said...

Super Cute! I've been hoarding painter sticks and now I know what to do with them! On a side note: how do you get numbers posted on each comment?
The Teacher Tattles

Mrs. M said...

Great idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

Color Me Kinder

Lovely Nina said...

What an awesome idea :)

Krista Carlson said...

These are too cute! What a great way to keep things organized! May have to try them out! Do you have your books just on shelves or are they in bins? Wondering how I could use them with book bins somehow as well, because for some reason the books never find their way back there either no many how many labels I use!

The Second Grade Superkids

Amy said...

Those are too cute!

Tara said...

Oh my goodness!!! Loving this idea!! Love how cute your numbers turned out and this post just decided it for me...I haven't used numbers before but I guess I just must:) So fun! Loving and will be pinning:) Thanks for linking up:)

4th Grade Frolics

Jennifer Tilton said...

Great idea-they are beautiful!

Teaching Little Miracles said...

Very cute! They look great!

Teaching Little Miracles

Miss Kindergarten said...

seriously!??!?!?! so jealous!!!!!!!!!! 14 more days!!!

Miss Nelson said...

These are precious. I love how they turned out. Definitley on my list of projects to make. Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

Your sticks are SO CUTE!!! Holy mama!

Marvelous Multiagers!

Busy Bees said...

ADORABLE!! I am going to add these to my to do list.

Jena Snowden said...

LOVE the glittery silver!!!

1st Grade with Miss Snowden

Primary Possibilities said...

Very cute! My kids have book boxes that they keep their books in. They still seem to mess up the library though!


Jenn Bates said...

Those sticks came out great!
Finally in First

Erica said...

Ilove these! Your can looks so cute!

Sprinkles to Kindergarten

meadowt said...

This is an awesome idea!! I am going to Home Depot today! Thanks for sharing.

2nd Grade Teacher and Life Long Learner said...

CLEVER and CUTE! These are adorable and make book shopping an even more pleasant experience! THANK YOU for posting!

Buggy In Kindergarten said...

Super cute!!

Who's On First? said...

Those are so cute! I need to run "to the city" this week, so I may stop at Lowes and pick some up. I just started a blog this week...check it out.

Who’s On First

Heather's Heart said...

Those are great! I have seen ones with the child's picture but these are great because you can use them year after year. =)

Heather's Heart

Confessions of a Teaching Junkie said...

Cute idea! I am your newest follower.

Anna said...

I can't wait to do this! Thanks!

Kristen Daley said...

Genious, you just made my WEDNESDAY (a few days past Monday)! That will solve my same problem. Thank you.

Patti Barker said...

I love this idea!! I am going to have to borrow it!! Did you just go to Home Depot and ask them for the sticks? I have gotten them to do some things like custom cut materials liek shower board for me, etc. They are very helpful especially when they find out you are a teacher!
Tales From A 4th (And 5th) Grade Teacher

Jill said...

I really like this idea, your can is so cute. Thanks for sharing.


Sarah said...

Love your blog! I am giving you the One Lovely Blog Award. Pop over to my blog to find out about the award. Looking forward to see what your class is up to this year.

Teaching Star Students

Rebecca said...

Heading to home depot now to go steal, ahem, I mean graciously accept their no cost paint stir sticks and some glitter spray paint. Thanks for the inspiration!
First Grade Fascination

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

LOVE it.

I'm going from teaching 6th grade to 2nd, so it will be quite a change.

So you have a library and it's organized by subject? When do students go to the "library" - for centers and what not?

Haley said...

I LOVE this jar! I just made numbers, and am going to make this exact same project for calling on my littles during carpet time. Thanks for the great little tutorial! :)

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