Sunday, June 10, 2012

Links and pictures

Upper cabinets are great for holding books
It has been long since I wrote anything, I almost forgot how to sign in! A wonderful fellow librarian has been in touch with me, and we have been able to share lots of ideas. She encouraged me to take some pictures of our library, and post them.

We have a very small room for our library.  Upper and lower cabinets line one wall; I wish we had more upper cabinets as lower cabinets are more difficult to use when it comes to manuels and most supplies.

I had a multi-shelve paper holder at home which I no longer needed, and though it does take up valuable counter space, it is a great way to have all the paper right there, ready to grab.  I have the telephone perched on top of it, maybe not the greatest idea, but it got it off the counter.

lower cabinet not so great
We do have a copy of every manual, phamphet and guidebook in the library; the extra copies of Young Women, Young Men, Relief Society, Priesthood, and all Primary manuals are stored in that aux's cupboard.  If it is in their cupboard, they are aware of what manuals they have and what manuals they need. We do store all of the Sunday School manuals, as libraries are in the Sunday School aux. 

The guidebooks are stored in the clerk or branch presidents office.  The welfare manuals and phamphets are stored in the Relief Society and Priesthood cupboards.

The 11 by 17 inch pictures are in the upper cabinets; we have 'index' dividers for them, going from 62000, 62025, 62050, 62075, 62100, and on. This method helps us to quickly locate a specific number.  We also store the cutout packets on these shelves.  Our pictures are current. if it is not in the church distribution catalogue, then we do not have it in the library.

Class kits
This last week I had a fun time preparing teacher kits.  Instead of our tiny library being congested as teachers are having to check out each item separately, I emsembled kits for each teacher.  the primary teachers have more supplies (chalk, brush, magnets, scissors, pencils, erasers, masking tape wrapped around a tongue depresser, sticky tac and crayons.)  The older primary classes have pencil crayons instead of wax crayons.  I found out about 'twist' pencil crayons, which are wonderful, as they don't need to be sharpened due to a broken lead.  The youth and adult classes have less items (chalk, brush, magnets, pencils and eraser.)

I am not into plastic, but in this case, and with the small children 'taking turns' getting the kits, it works great.

Members of the branch tease me about having an "office". We have so little counter space, I brought a small table in for the paper cutter to be used on, and another small table for all of my paper work and projects, saving the counter space for members and their projects.  I am the branch bulletin person and the branch history person; this little corner keeps those items out of the way of the 'library' space.           I had a simple 2 drawer filing cabinet at home that I was able to spare.  Unbound manuals are in hanging file folders.  When someone needs pages copied, it is so much easier to feed flat sheets into the machine then trying to hold down a bound manual. 
on a different note, the church website continues to add illustrations, pictures, games and activies, and video for members to use in church lessons and at home, here are some of their links:
for images:
the Gospel Art images:
Children lesson helps:


Hernandez said...

Great looking library so organized.
Thanks for the pics

Teresa said...

I have also done kits for teachers. In the Primary kits I have also included a small plastic bottle of sanitizer, small packets of tissues, and a ziploc bag with a variety of band-aids. Your library looks amazing!

ls said...

Teresa, thanks for the ideas!