As a child I used to build Lego computers so I could play library. I’d check out books to my stuffed animals, whose library cards were my parents’ old business cards. It should come as no surprise then that I’m a real life librarian today (seriously). Why not let your weirdo kids explore their bookish side and build them an at home library kit?
And for those of you who don’t have kiddos, like myself, you can use a grown-up version of this idea to turn your personal collection of books and movies into a lending library. This will help get your books back, I swear. Just don’t go charging your pals late fees – I can tell you from professional experience that NO ONE likes late fees.
#1 coin envelopes, which are 2.25 x 3.5 inches
1/2″ circle punch
ultra fine permanent marker
acid free glue
old business cards or cardstock cut to fit in a #1 coin envelope
fancy date stamper (optional)
All you need to do to make the pockets is cut the flap of the envelope off at its crease, as shown. Then, use the half inch circle punch to cut a half circle out of the flap (non seam) side of the envelope. They’re really simple but look really elegant when they’re done.
Next, just use a few dots of non-acidic glue to attach your pocket, seam side down, to the inside cover of your books. You can use some old business cards or cardstock to note when a book is being lent out/due back, and you can personalize the envelopes however you like!
I love this idea for lending books to friends, as well as for letting kids play library. But you don’t have to take my word for it! :)