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Bookend (book-end): A support for the end of a row of books to keep them upright. Typically used as a pair, one for each end of the row. They can be used individually if you use one side of your book shelf for support.


Greetings, friends!


You know I love absolutely anything and everything that is related to reading and writing, so this week, I wanted to introduce you to Library Shelfie Day, celebrated January 23rd. It's a fun day dedicated to organizing your reading collection and putting your own stamp on how your books are displayed.


Bookends were first patented in the 1870's, but they took a long time to become popular. They were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 1907 and are now seen everywhere! Those first bookends were basic L-shaped pieces of metal, but they were very functional. Today, bookends are as unique as the book owners.


So, you might be wondering, do we really need bookends? The answer is YES! Just imagine a library without bookends. . .books would be falling over and toppeling off their shelves. Now imagine trying to locate one specific book in that mess. Impossible! You see, they really are important.


Another thing to keep in mind is the longevity of the book itself. If we allow books to lean and fall off shelves or pile them one on top or one the other, we put excess pressure on their spines. This results in pages becoming loose and falling out. Always remember. . .even if your home library is small, it's important to handle and store your books with care.


Today's project is- you guessed it, creating your very own bookends! There are probably thousands of styles you could create, but I chose to upcycle some old bricks, and I just love how they turned out. . .



I also have a special place in my heart for those kids books you see! Now, get creating and organizing! I'd love to see pictures of your book collection for Library Shelfie Day!


Stay Kind. . .

Gram



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