I don't know about your family, but we LOVE our local library! It's a great place to spend some time on a hot summer day. My boys have become very thorough when it comes to picking out their books, so we can easily be there for an hour or more!
I have no complaints about our library trips (I really love them!), but I have become slightly frustrated with the whole "everyone keeping track of his own library card" issue. My twins are old enough to have their own cards, and my four-year-old uses mine. They are very particular about being in charge of their OWN cards, which I love! I love how much they value their cards, and how it's teaching them to be responsible for their own things. Well, they are little boys, and they are young, so needless to say, we've lost a few cards over our library-visiting years. We also have a bit of a struggle when we get to the self check-out (a huge hit with my boys!). They have to dig and dig to the bottom of their book-filled library bags to find the tiny little library card that can easily get lost in the pages of books. I needed a library card solution!
Then one day I stumbled upon my solution as I was walking down the office supply isle at Walmart. I saw the clear plastic badge holders that are often attached to lanyards. They were the perfect size, inexpensive, and we could stick the library cards inside them , hang them around my boys' necks, and have an easy-to-find, safe place for their cards. Happy day!
Like I said I found the clear badge holders in the office supply isle of Walmart, and they had lanyards (what I really wanted) but they were all out. For the pictures, I ended up using one of my boy's Skylander dog tag chains. It actually worked really well, and we do have three of them already, so we might stick with them.
And, of course I had to make a cute label for the front of the card holder. I made the label in PicMonkey, cut it out, then attached it to some scrapbook paper. I then adhered it to the outside of the plastic badge holder. I think I'll also put a layer of Mod Podge over the whole thing, so it's a bit more durable. Then the library card can just be tucked inside the pocket, and you're good to go!
I can't wait to put these to use next time we make a library run. Last time we ended up at the library with only one of the three cards. We had 48 books to check out, and only one child card, which meant 12 books could be checked out. So, we left a big pile at the front desk, ran home to find the other two cards on the hallway floor, then returned to the library to check out the remaining books. Hopefully our library card lanyards will help us avoid such adventures!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you found a little something worth your time.