Summer of Love – 2014

30 Jul

My latest buys from the UW-SWAP Shop . . . only $4 each!

SWAP Booty

My next library DIY?  A Makerspace, of course.  The $25 6 ft. solid wood table (not pictured yet) from SWAP will be front and center in it.

I have also taken to heart some good advice from WiLS World 2014…’Make sure you have high-tech, low-tech and no-tech resources.’  Done!




The DIY Library Book Return

27 Apr

Interesting fact:  a new library book return bin/system costs big money . . . $600 for something small & basic to upwards of $1000 for anything of substance.

Problem:  My school library does not have a book return.  My library does not have a spare $1000.  Patrons just drop off their books on a cart at the entrance. You can easily imagine the organizational horrors of this when hundreds of books can be dropped off in a single day.

Solution:  the DIY book return!  Read on . . .


This counter/cupboard lived in the school office for years.  Our photocopy machine sat on it.  When a new, larger  copier was purchased the counter was tagged as surplus.  I knew it was a gem, however, so up to the library it traveled.   The counter remains a great place for storing things like our shared printers . . .


 . . . and the right-hand side cupboards conveniently hide away the recycling bin and extra copy paper stash.  The counter is even open in the back for easy access from the adjacent circulation counter.  But the left-hand side of the unit is all about the book return!!!


The doors have been secured, an opening cut,  and signs affixed . . . voila!

The DIY Library Book Return!


I found an upgrade opportunity a few months after the new book return made its debut .  The Madison Public Library  is being rebuilt and the old site demolished.  Before demo crews came in, non-profit groups were allowed take any leftover furniture, racks, displays, etc that did not make the cut for the new building.  I scored a rolling, spring-loaded book drop cart . . . for FREE!


More sawing had to be done in order for the cart to reach the drop slot but really,  I couldn’t be happier with the results.   A giant-sized thank you goes to Todd Peterson and Dean Woldstad for their muscle, tools and time.

The last day of Spring Break….

9 Apr

…found me at choir rehearsal.  Was a good ending to a great week!


On the seventh day of Spring Break…

8 Apr

…I drank coffee all morning, went to Easter service, then whipped up brunch!


Yukon Golds sliced 1/8 in. thin with my new Oxo mandoline.  The finished product?


Potato Galette…served with baked ham, steamed asparagus, corn pudding and whole grain rolls (yum)!

On the fifth day of Spring Break…

7 Apr

…I drank coffee all morning, and baked dozens of raspberry coconut macaroons!


A big thank-you to Smitten Kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated!!!

On the fourth day of Spring Break…

7 Apr

…I drank coffee all morning & then when shopping for more supplies!

On the third day of Spring Break…

7 Apr

…I drank coffee all morning, and put together more dangle earrings.


Tauga nut slices, sterling oval earwires.