The elementary school library at my kids’ school is one of my favorite spots to volunteer. The main library has soaring ceilings with windows and lots of natural light. It is truly a pleasure to spend an hour volunteering to shelve books.
But, there’s one spot that seems like the forgotten corner. It’s a bit of a cave with less natural light and lower ceilings.
This corner of the library houses the picture books and easy reader books, and is often the introduction to reading for Kindergartners. As you know, instilling a love of reading is crucial for young children. Fostering a love of books and reading can be paramount to a child’s future.
With this in mind, the school librarian and I decided to turn this dark corner into a reader’s retreat — an inviting spot for kids to explore, relax and READ. As fate so often happens, Overstock.com contacted me and asked if I’d like to complete a room makeover with credit to their online store. I immediately thought of the school library.
If you’ve shopped on Overstock before, you know that your money can go far because they have good quality furniture, home décor, electronics and much more for a lot less! (They also have a section called World Stock that has a virtual marketplace of artisan goods available for purchase.)
When you buy from the World Stock section, 60-70% of the purchase price goes back to the artisan and suppliers! What a great way to help less fortunate communities around the world.
Here are our plans for the early reader section:
It’s a twilight forest-themed nook where children can grab a book and curl up in a comfy bean bag or cushion to read. The wooden tree branches will help soften the edges of the corners and help create a cozy enveloping area. And the rug…well the texture on the shag rug beckons the kids to run their fingers through the fibers. The bamboo hamper is actually going to help corral the stuffed furry friends.)
We’re going to paint the walls and ceiling with the help of some other volunteers. Finally we’ll add silver wall decals in the shape and color of moonlit trees. Oh, and speaking of moon, there will be a new wall sconce to add some warm ambient light in the corner.
a. Valspar 4004-6A Montpelier Wedgewood
b. Silver Birch Tree Decals
c. Stanton Dark Espresso Storage Bench
d. Sueded Corduroy Bean Bag in Sky
e. Medium Blue & Green Striped Dog Bed (don’t tell the kids it was intended for dogs.)
f. Sueded Corduroy Bean Bag in Pear
g. Bamboo Hamper
h. Hand-woven Soft Shag Rug
i. Quarter Sphere Resin Cloud Wall Sconce
In the meantime, check out Overstock.com and see how far your dollar will stretch!
Disclosure: I was provided with $1000 credit to shop Overstock.com and purchase items for a room makeover. I was not told what to write or what project to complete. I was not swayed to write a positive post, as I’ve shopped with Overstock.com many times before. Learn more about my disclosure statement policy here.