Block Party

Because I had lapsed into a blog-funk (a <em>blunk</em>, perhaps? Nope, just looked it up and it’s Urbandictionaried – dagnabbit), I decided that I should try and keep my posts to once-a-week. &nbsp;That decision took pressure off of me in terms of getting something posted that someone out there might find of use or at least quasi-entertaining.

Well, I’m jumping the gun on this one since I already had a post ready to go for next week, but I don’t want to wait yet another week to show this off – because I’m impatient like that. &nbsp;Because I’m too excited about these:

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I truly wish that I could take any sort of credit for these. &nbsp;Perhaps I can take a teensy bit of credit for saying to a teammate that I wished there was a better way to display our small event flyers that parents take with them. &nbsp;Up until today we just laid them on the counter where they got in the way/got messy. &nbsp;My wonderful teammate was the one who suddenly said, “why not use alphabet blocks like those business card holders?” &nbsp;<em><strong>SHAZZAM!</strong></em><strong>&nbsp;</strong>The only other part I played in these were finding the blocks and purchasing them. &nbsp;After that I handed them off to my boss who handed them off to her woodworking father with basic guidelines of what we wanted.

He took the idea to a whole ‘nother level.

I had expected individually cut blocks for mixing and matching. &nbsp;Yes, I was concerned about them being easily knocked over, but I knew we could at least try my trusty museum putty to&nbsp;stabilize&nbsp;them. &nbsp;But what arrived today was nothing short of spectacular. &nbsp;They’re sturdy and stable – and even each one has a pun or special meaning. &nbsp;I still puttied those suckers down (between curious kids and frazzled moms, I wanted to do my best to keep them from being knocked over).

The only addition I needed to make was putting a cut-out piece of cardboard (wrapped in colored paper) to help keep the flyers upright. &nbsp;It took a few moments and they really make the flyers look good from the front. &nbsp;I may add some fun stickers to the back side so that the staff has something fun to look at too!

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As I was puttying these bad boys down, I had another lightbulb moment: these would fix a problem we were having with our new picture book cart. &nbsp;The problem was that we chose to use the top shelf of a small book cart as a faceout display shelf – which looks great, but the books would sometimes slide and fall to the ground (not a good thing with children running around). &nbsp;I had thought that I should find a small tension rod or something that I could decorate to help keep that form happening. &nbsp;Well, in my hands I had the solution:

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I puttied the heck out of those blocks and they’re doing the trick! &nbsp;I may even make a small sign to stick in one of the holders indicating what’s on the cart (there are signs on both sides). &nbsp;I am absolutely tickled with how good they look. &nbsp;I’ll revisit this post and put an update in a few months in terms of whether or not they stay put.

I wish that I could give a tutorial on how to make these, but since I didn’t make them, I can only speculate. &nbsp;I’d say that heavy glue was involved, and a nice power saw – and some paint for the bases. &nbsp;It seems like Woodworking 101 – so hopefully either you or someone you know have the skills to make this happen (and if you do, then<em> please</em> share your results with me).

The best part of these are that to me they represent a collaborative effort where a problem was given a unique and fun solution through the power of teamwork. &nbsp;So when I see these blocks I get a warm fuzzy feeling since they embody my desire to make everyone working at the library a team full of innovators and&nbsp;problem-solvers.

Block on!

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