I made a change in our library that I really like.
I must start by saying that shelving books is one of my FAVORITE things in the whole world. It’s right up there with cataloging for librarian fun. (I can’t believe I typed that with a straight face!)
Here’s what happened.
Over the weekend, I went to our local public library to stock up on books. (You, too?) Anyway, I saw that some of their bookshelves were not rows of spines. They alternated a few books facing out, at the reader.
I tried it in our library, in our horror section and it looks like this.
I like it. Yep. Our elementary students connect more readily with a colorful cover illustration than a spine of letters.
After the first few students take books, yes, some books do fall down. But, um, that is already happening on our bookshelves, all day long.
Yes, you do need extra space if you’re gonna face the books outward. I happened to have a lot of room in this area, so we turned a lot of books. If I only had a little room, I would only turn a few books.
Either way, I think that this little change helps the library to be a friendlier environment for our students.
Have any of you tried this? Or do you have an even better way to show off books?