above my neighbor's fence;
Today we start putting all nine thousand books in boxes so the library can get painted and have new carpeting installed. Last night I realized that I haven't ordered enough boxes because I forgot to count a whole section of shelves in the downstairs lab. Oy. Have you ever packed a library (or other challenging collection)? Any tips?
I've never packed more than a couple of hundred books so am in awe of your upcoming adventure. I suppose it helps that they're already in order so you won't have to organize them as you go along?! Recently I had to box up a huge stack of books (I ran out of space for them) and ended up inputting all of them into my shelfari list so that I can go back and make thematic recommendation lists later this summer. That way, if I end up giving some away, I'll have a written record of the connections I made between these books and others . Good luck!
Here's what I've learned over the years:
Boxes of books are really heavy.
But possibly you already knew this! :)
I hope it goes well!
Ha Ha Carlotte! You are right about that. Fortunately I have three high school guys and a couple men here helping with all the heavy lifting. All I have to do is supervise. :)
Sandhy that is really smart of you, putting them all in shelfari. I labeled all the shelves with numbers and the boxes are labeled with the same numbers. We pack them in order, two boxes per shelf, and then (theoretically) will unpack in exactly the same order. It seems to be working OK so far. I did have enough boxes but ran out of tape. The front office is annoyed with me for taking all their supply.
The whole idea of boxing up books makes my heart sink - I've given loads away already but more really must go.
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