How to Run a Library

Cataloging books is a good rainy day project for the bookworm in your family.

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Books
  • Notebook, index cards and recipe box, or simple computer database
  • Date stamp (optional)


  1. Compile a list of your family's books, starting with your child's bookshelf.
  2. Show your child how to write a list that includes at least the title and author of each book.
  3. If you like, your child might also include each book's subject, publisher, and year of publication.
  4. Your child can list the books alphabetically in a notebook, note each book on an index card and keep the cards in a recipe box, or enter the information into a simple computer database so it can be sorted by author, title, or subject.
  5. Once you've cataloged your books, open your library for loans to friends and family members.
  6. If you like, create a library card for each borrower and record the items you've loaned out.
  7. Your little librarian may enjoy using a date stamp for stamping due dates.


Copyright © 2001 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

To order this book visit Meadowbrook Press.


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