Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Bindery

Over the last 3 years, we've acquired a good number of paperback books through our Scholastic book fairs with the help of Scholastic Dollars.  I love being able to get books from the book fair to add to our collection because I know these are books the kids will read since they are books that they buy from the fair.

Well, after six fairs, we had over 500 paperbacks.  I had intended to get them library bound a few at a time, but the budget never seemed to be there. Luckily our PTO graciously decdied to foot the bill for these books this year and now we have some fantastic reads in our collection.

The kids have been waiting for these books as they knew I was able to purchase books from the book fairs for our collection.  They began checking out these books yesterday and they were ecstatic.

We are going to write thank you notes to our PTO at one of our library centers this week.  I know the PTO will be happy to receive them.

We use the National Library Bindery Co of Georgia. They don't have a website, but you can get their contact information HERE.  We've used them in the past and were totally happy with the results.  You can read about one of our other big bindery orders HERE.

What do you do with your paperbacks?  Do you use your Scholastic Dollars to purchase books from your book fair (if you use Scholastic Book Fairs)?


  1. This is my first year in the library and I am excited to start purchasing books. Please tell me more about this process. Do the books look and feel like hardback books? Can you tell a difference? Is there a minimum number of books that need to be processed at a time? Will they send me a sample? I am very intrigued!

  2. The first set we got 3 years ago are still holding up well. They have a laminated cover, so you can tell they are the bindery books, but that isn't a bad thing. There isn't a minimum order, but there is a $20 processing fee, so it's good to have enough to make it worth that $20. You can ship the books you want bound to the company or they will pick them up if you aren't too far away. I don't know if they would send a sample. I've never asked. If you click on the link at the end of this post, you can see another post about one of our first sets we received. There are more details in that post as well as pictures of books. Hope that helps. =)