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Reconstructed Library update

May 3, 2012

The library reconstruction is mostly complete; the surviving bookshelves are repaired, the books are all out of boxes, the new DVD shelves came so we could use the bookshelf they used to be on, and most of what’s left is arranging the books.

Many of the books are just stuck in there on a shelf big enough for them, but we’re starting to get some of them grouped together. Last evening Ron collected a lot of the science fiction, and I found most of my 18th-century literature and books on writing.

The DVD shelves allow us to see more of the movies (they were triple-stacked on the bookshelf) but it’s not enough space for all of the kid movies, so they’re still in boxes under the table until we decide where to put them.

Here are the mirrors from hell (so called because if you touch them, your fingers come away bloody) safely on the wall. And the two shelves with cabinets underneath that survived, Frankenstein-like, with parts from the one that didn’t make it.

The back room has some of the more wobbly shelves, but our enforced cleaning-out of some of the stuff that had accumulated in that room makes it possible to get to the books we’re putting back there.

Here are the reclaimed-from-DVD shelves, now bookshelves again, and a farewell view of the whole length of the front part of the room, with all the shelves safely back up against the wall.

Lots of the toys got cleaned out (I gave away our train table that always had a playmobile scene on it), but the almost-life-size tiger and her cub remain because none of us are ready to quit playing with them yet.Β  I will say that it’s great to see the downstairs clean and repainted and be in the process of knowing where all the books are. But I’m hoping we never have spring cleaning enforced quite like that ever again.

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  1. May 3, 2012 9:56 am

    Haha, I’m glad you mentioned tigers, which made me click to see the bigger version. In tiny version I thought it was some sort of bizarre plant. πŸ™‚

    • May 3, 2012 10:11 am

      Underneath the tigers in the plastic tub are some coiled, stuffed snakes because I’m not ready to quit playing with them, either.

  2. May 3, 2012 10:09 am

    I’m so jealous of your library! It’s so cool to see books just covering the walls like that. Although it was a huge pain, it will be nice to get the books organized so you can find what you want πŸ™‚

    • May 3, 2012 10:55 am

      It is good to see books covering the walls again. And yes, very nice to get them organized. That’s the fun part.

  3. May 3, 2012 10:15 am

    I celebrate your victory over water from afar. Lovely work!

  4. May 3, 2012 10:16 am

    I remember that room! It looks great, and up-to-date (in both senses of the word!)

    • May 3, 2012 10:54 am

      We had been needing to paint it. There’s so much wall and so many shelves in front of it that it was always a daunting prospect.

  5. May 3, 2012 10:42 am

    So organized! I am suspicious… πŸ™‚

    • May 3, 2012 10:53 am

      Rightly so. Because as I confessed on Facebook, the utility room is still full of stuff that was tossed up high, away from the water. We will have to go through all that next month.

  6. bookgazing permalink
    May 3, 2012 11:04 am

    Serious library envy over here. So glad you managed to make something lovely out of your flood situation.

    • May 3, 2012 12:18 pm

      We picked this house because of all the wall space in the finished basement. There are lots of windows upstairs, which we love, but even the most serious book collectors don’t usually like to block windows with bookshelves.

  7. May 3, 2012 11:10 am

    It looks wonderful!

  8. May 3, 2012 12:19 pm

    Thank you! You’re invited to come see it in person if you’re ever coming this direction.

  9. May 3, 2012 4:34 pm

    ALL THOSE BOOKS! These pix make me wish I had a basement, something I have never wished for before. It is funny how I can look at shelves and shelves of books, and even though I know I would probably not want at least half of them, I feel ridiculously envious

    • May 4, 2012 7:36 am

      It is good to have walls lined with books. We try to only buy books we know we’ll want to reread. But as you can see, we’re big rereaders!

  10. May 3, 2012 6:00 pm

    Looking really good!

    • May 4, 2012 7:37 am

      That is high praise, coming from a decorating minimalist!

  11. May 3, 2012 6:39 pm

    Wow, it looks GREAT!

  12. May 3, 2012 6:58 pm

    Even while I’m chastising myself for filling up my spaces with too many books, I see your library and am inspired! It all looks GREAT Jeanne!

    • May 4, 2012 7:39 am

      “Too many books?” We don’t believe in chastising anyone for filling up any available space with books.

  13. May 4, 2012 12:02 pm

    TRULY AWESOME. Cheers!

  14. May 4, 2012 4:53 pm

    Now I’m singing “truly awesome” to the tune of “Truly Scrumptious” from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

    • May 4, 2012 6:55 pm

      Mailing you another naked lady postcard tomorrow. I keep finding ’em.

  15. May 4, 2012 7:11 pm

    I love that you all play with the tiger!! And enforced cleaning in your circumstances isn’t fun at all. But it all looks great.

  16. May 6, 2012 11:12 am

    If you had an almost-life-sized tiger, wouldn’t you play with it sometimes?

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