If you visited the Kids Library this past Tuesday, you might have noticed a lot of yellow caution tape and a whole bunch of librarians doing something unusual. Don’t be alarmed by the caution tape; the big project was to install bin shelving for most of our picture books. The books are still arranged in their neighborhoods, like Arts & Culture, Being a Kid, and Nature, but now instead of having to read the teeny tiny print on the book spines, you can flip through the front covers to find a book you’ll enjoy.
The process involved lots of people, and lots of noise. Good thing we weren’t in the Quiet Reading Room!
So, what were the steps to make this transition?
How to install bin shelving in 10 easy steps:
1. Move about 10,000 picture books onto carts.
2. Dismantle the old shelves.
3. Put together the new shelves.
4. Arrange the new shelving on the floor.
5. Load about 9,000 books into the new bins.
6. Rearrange to make more books fit.
7. Rearrange some more.
8. Figure out what to do with the books that won’t fit (until someone checks them out and takes them home).
9. Install the sign holders.
10. Place the new signs.
So what are you waiting for? Come on in and check out as many as you’d like. (The limit is only 99.)