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Old 04-30-2009, 03:04 PM
 
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I was thinking of ordering some book bins from Lakeshore Learning. It is going to be expensive. I saw a couple of classroom library shelves below, and I was wondering if anyone else had pictures to show of their classroom libraries. I have 2 bookshelves and would like to have containers on the shelves so I can categorize the books by subjects, genre, and class sets. I need containers/bins of some sort that I can label and put on the shelves. I would love to see some pictures so I can get an idea of what I could use in my room. Thanks so much!


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Have you tried IKEA for book bins? I was also going to buy my book bins from Lakeshore last year. However, I went to IKEA and bought blue tubs for $1.50. The tubs were in the children section. They worked great in my library, sorry no picture though! I live in Indiana, but traveled to the Chicago and Cincinnati IKEA's to find great things for my classroom for cheap!
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What about Really Good Stuff? That is usually cheaper than Lakeshore.
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Thanks for the suggestions! I will look into those. Did you see the pictures posted on my other post from Mrs. Croak? I like those baskets. It sure will be a lot cheaper. I'm thinking of buying that type of basket and perhaps using my classroom money to buy another bookshelf. Thanks for your help!
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I bought plastic shoe boxes. I guess there are people in this world that store each pair of shoes in its own bin?! But, anyways, they were $1 and I got them at Garden Ridge. I think I have seen that at Walmart too. They are the perfect size for chapter books.


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That sounds like a good idea, hokieteach! I never thought about that. Thanks for the suggestion!
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I use the plastic shoe bins as well! They have held up for YEARS!!!
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Lakeshore usually has a 20% off sale on most of the store in August. I recently purchased some. If you buy them in a set of 12, it's a little bit cheaper. I used a buy one, get one 1/2 off coupon (one set full price, then the other for 1/2). They were still pricey, but worth it. I have the IKEA bins for larger story books.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:05 AM
 
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I bought some really cute mini-milk crates from Wal-Mart for 97 cents each last year. They had bright colors and they are the perfect size for chapter books. If you teach a primary grade with more picture books, the crates are too small.
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I ask each student to bring in two clear shoe boxes on their supply list. They use one to store all the scissors, glue, etc. in under their desk. The other shoe box is donated for classroom library use. Sometimes parents will send more than two. Sometimes parents send nothing. At any rate all students get shoe boxes to store supplies and new library storage. I buy according to need and sales!
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