Extend the Life of Classroom Library Books

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Today, I want to share with you a little thing I did to prolong the shelf life of my classroom library books.

If you are like me, you have a lot of money invested in your classroom library and want those books to last for a long time.

I found that using plain packing tape on the spine of my books kept them looking good for much longer. I just cut a length of tape the height of the book and applied it right over the spine, overlapping the front and back covers. If you cut the tape strip too long, just trim it after you have applied it. Easy peasy!

My books lasted much longer with less chance of damaged spines and covers.

Let me know if this idea works for you!

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  1. Thanks for the tip! I'm always trying to protect my books from those little second grade hands!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  2. Love this tip Suzanne! I did a complete library overhaul this year. This is definitely worth doing to keep all my hard work lasting for years to come. Thanks for sharing.

    Mrs, Rios Teaches Second Grade

  3. I always say that "Professional Book Mender" should be on my resume! :) Love this idea to be proactive about maintaining books!

  4. Thanks for sharing this tip for prolonging the life of our valuable library books. I've just added a roll of clear packing tape to "the list" for tomorrow afternoon's shopping trip!

    A+ Firsties

  5. Thanks for the reminder. I always wait to long before I bring out the tape. We do spend a lot of money on our books.

    Kathy Griffin's Teaching Strategies


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