There are two things in life you will never regret having too much of: shelf space and, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, tent. Seriously, if you’re planning on doing your nuptials out-of-doors, get enough tent to cover, like, an acre and a half – you won’t regret it.
It recently struck me as a good idea to add a little temporary shelf space around 100 Scope Notes headquarters for two reasons…
- I’m serving as a judge in the fiction picture book category of the 2012 CYBILS, and will need a place for the nominated books.
- Beginning in January, I’m serving on the 2014 Caldecott committee – which will mean more books.
And I needed the shelf space already. Here’s the baseline of where I’m at before #1 and #2 have started:
Yes, I’m doing double rows (a.k.a. The Librarian’s Nightmare Scenario).
While I sorely needed space, it didn’t have to be fancy. The shelves needed to be:
2. Easy to assemble/disassemble. This was key in maintaining my delusion of “temporary” – as in, I really want to fool myself into thinking I’m not going to cling to these shelves with everything I have and never take them down.
Here’s the area of my basement that seemed like a good place to build my monstrosity.
Sorry – let me clean up a bit.
So taking all my needs and requirements into consideration, what was the answer to my shelving problem?
Take things back to college.
Aww, yeah. I wanted to kick it old school with the dorm room style cinder blocks and boards shelf. If I went for the “deluxe package” envisioned above, with black lights, tapestry, and futon, I think I would actually turn 19 again. All of a sudden, the jam of 1999 was playing in my head:
Shelving choice decided, it was time to round up a few of these:
Cinder blocks. Not pretty, but they’ll do the job.
Adding to the cheapskatiness of the endevour is the fact that my father is a carpenter and had some wood to donate. We cut plywood to the right size and brought it in.
While I don’t think it’s necessary to use plywood rather than normal wood, I do think this will hold up better in the long run (oh right – this is “temporary” shelving. Uh, it will hold up better for the … short run?). After putting a couple small pieces of wood on the ground to keep the shelves off the floor, we started stacking them up.
We also had a couple skinny blocks, so we used them at the top for an extra tall shelf.
While the look is rugged, I do like the results:
We added a couple screws going through the shelves into the wall on an angle, just to make sure everything stayed in place. Definitely, heh, not to, heh, make it permanent or anything.
I put the shelves to work right away, holding my empty cereal bowls and yogurt cups. Also, books.
But the question remains – when 2013 is over, will I be able to actually part with this “temporary” shelving? Will we ever get back to this…
I’ll keep you posted.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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