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Nothing compares to reading a good book. Opening a good bound book, taking the time to relax and escape into it will always be an enjoyable time. Even with the popularity of e-books, people still have large book collections from children’s books to cook books in their homes. Books are great to have, enjoy and read, but they do take up a lot of space. There is always a need for a good book storage solution.
Ideas for Storing Books
There are so many great ideas for storing books. Depending on the amount of storage space in a home, some people are able to store books in home libraries, while others have to be creative with their book storage ideas. Home libraries can vary in style and function depending on the amount of storage space in the home. Books can be an added touch to home décor by having them showcased on tables or shelves. A nice idea is to store books in wicker decorative baskets that can be put on shelving units, under tables and in corners. For smaller houses and apartments, use ottomans, stools and chairs that have removable lids for book storage or store “up” using available wall space for additional book storage. Make a book shelf do “double duty” as a space divider in a smaller studio apartment or an open living/dining room.
Books should be stored either flat or stored upright so you can read the spine correctly. Books are designed to be stored this way and can be supported by other books to keep them stable. Do not store books with the binding or spine pointing up, this will crack the binding, ruining the book.
The larger the collection of books, the harder it is to keep organized and even to replace them. You can organize a book shelf in any manner that you desire from genre to color of the cover to author. Most home organizers recommend separating fiction and non-fiction and then further categorizing from there. Special or limited edition books can be very expensive and hard to replace. Special care needs to be given to these types of books. Store rare books in custom sleeves for added protection.
In order to keep the books clean, dust the room they are stored in on a regular basis in so dust doesn’t accumulate on the books. Basic cleaning and proper temperature and environment control will be good ways to keep the books clean long-term.
How to Store Books in Storage
A storage unit is a great place to store excess books and other household storage items. ezStorage has a variety of climate controlled storage units from 5x5 to 10x30 that are perfect for storing everything from comic book collections to excess cookbooks.
It is important to properly prepare and pack the books so they stay in good condition. Below are some tips for storing books in a storage unit:
- Pack books in small or medium size boxes or plastic containers
- For rare or limited edition books you will want to take special care when placing in storage. Wrap each book in a paper towel or bubble wrap to protect the surface from dirt or residue buildup.
- Never wrap books in plastic bags, plastic wrap or foil.
- Store similar size books together, laying them flat in the box. Do not stand the books in the box on their spines as this can damage the spines over time.
- Put the heaviest books at the bottom of the container and pack paperbacks tightly. Seal the boxes with packing tape. Label the boxes noting the content.
- If possible, place boxes of books on shelving in the storage unit.
Thanksgiving Day marks a time when families gather together and give thanks for all the blessings in their lives. The first Thanksgiving feast took place over three days sometime between September 21st and November 9th in 1621. The feast was in celebration of the harvest and the farming and hunting lessons learned by the Plymouth Pilgrims. The original menu probably included not only turkey, but also waterfowl, venison, corn and barley. The first national celebration of Thanksgiving took place in 1775, but it wasn’t until 1827 that Thanksgiving was declared an annual holiday. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be officially held on the fourth Thursday in November in order to lengthen the holiday shopping season.
The true meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for all we have, and share time with friends and family. There are also many ways that you can help in your community during the holiday season by volunteering at food pantries, food banks and community Thanksgiving dinners. In fact, ten ezStorage locations are participating this holiday season in the Toys for Tots holiday toy campaign.
Thanksgiving Weekend Events
The Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas will be hosting many great Thanksgiving weekend events. There are Turkey Trots, family activities, holiday lighting ceremonies and much more. The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the official start to the holiday shopping season. But is also a day to kick off the holiday season with tree lighting ceremonies and holiday parades.
Start off your Thanksgiving by working up a sweat with running one or more of the many 5K races for local charities on Thanksgiving morning. There are many Turkey Trots in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas. In Washington D.C., join The 14th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger at Freedom Plaza starting at 8:30am on Thanksgiving Day. The 5K run and walk is sponsored by SOME (So Others Might Eat), which has programs for the homeless and serves 800 meals a day to the hungry in Washington D.C. Proceeds from the 5K benefits thousands of homeless families and single adults by providing food, clothing and healthcare. The Y of Central Maryland will sponsor Turkey Trots at 6 locations including Arnold, Baltimore City, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Towson, and Westminster on Thanksgiving morning. The 33rd Annual Turkey Chase Bethesda is a 10K, 2 Mile Fun Run and Tot Trot on Thanksgiving morning supporting the YMCA’s Youth and Family Services, YMCA-Bethesda-Chevy Chase and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club Foundation.
There are also a few turkey trots in Northern Virginia as well. Alexandria will host the 40th Annual Turkey Trot starting at 9am at George Washington Middle School supporting ALIVE!, a non-profit organization serving Alexandria’s needy. The 10th Annual Arlington Turkey Trot kicks off at 8am at Christ Church of Arlington. The event raises money for Doorways for Women, Bridges to Independence and the Children and Arlington Food Assistance Center.
Thanksgiving Parade in Northern Virginia
Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia hosts a day full of holiday activities on Friday, November 27th. This is the 25th year of Reston’s Holiday Parade! The parade will feature hundreds of performers, Macy’s-style balloons, antique cars, musicians and marching bands. There are visits from Santa, the Gingerbread Man Mile Race for Kids, carriage rides, ice skating, shopping, a parade and much more. There are special holiday events during the entire holiday season.
Thanksgiving Weekend Events in Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Christmas Village At Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will once again be transformed into a European Christmas Village starting with a “sneak peek” on Thanksgiving Day. The Christmas Village is a combination indoor/outdoor European holiday market at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor running until December 27th. There will be over 50 vendors selling unique arts & crafts, jewelry, toys and accessories. There are also food vendors selling traditional German food, sweets and drinks. There will be 2 large Christmas trees and a lighting display featuring thousands of lights. The official opening ceremony, with choirs, bands and city officials, will be on Sunday, November 29th. There will be many great events held at the Christmas Village throughout the holiday season.
National Harbor ICE!
One of the largest holiday events in the Washington D.C. area is ICE! at the National Harbor. This annual holiday attraction is must-do fun for the entire family. ICE! opened on November 21st and will run to January 3rd at the Orchard Terrace in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The National Harbor waterfront is transformed into an ice wonderland with over two million pounds of ice carved into amazing ice sculptures. This year’s theme features scenes from the classic holiday special, Santa Claus is Coming to Town. There are five ice slides, family events, entertainment and more throughout the holiday season.
Festival of Trees
The Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium will be hosting the Festival of Trees November 27th to 29th. The Festival of Trees is “the east coast’s largest holiday extravaganza” with fairyland forests, gingerbread towns, toy train towns, 100 gift boutiques and activities for kids of all ages. Proceeds for the event benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
There is so much to see and do over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. areas. ezStorage self storage facilities will have regular gate hours on Thanksgiving Day. The offices will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but will reopen on Friday, November 27th at our regular hours. The only exception on Thanksgiving day is our Charles Village self storage location which will be not be open at all on Thanksgiving Day.
ezStorage wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!
The holiday season is a time of giving thanks, spending time with family and friends, and helping out those in need. There are many ways to help out charitable organizations in Baltimore from volunteering time at food banks, assisting with community meals, or making donations. Charitable organizations are important to Baltimore throughout the year, but even more so during the winter months. ezStorage is proud to participate in the 2015 Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Campaign. We have 10 self storage facilities in Maryland and Northern Virginia participating in this year’s campaign. Dropping off unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots is only one way to help the community during the holiday season; there are many more charitable organizations that rely on donations and volunteers during the holiday season.
Below are just a few of the charitable community organizations that help out those in need in the Baltimore area, including providing Thanksgiving meals.
Food Pantries and Food Banks in Baltimore
There are many food banks and pantries throughout the Baltimore area. Most of these pantries are served by local organizations such as the Maryland Food Bank or local church groups.
Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank, a non-profit organization, has been helping lead the movement to end hunger in Maryland for more than 35 years. The Maryland Food Bank distributes over 100,000 meals per day, nearly 37 million meals annually. The Maryland Food Bank has 3 facilities: Baltimore, Salisbury and Hagerstown. Food is distributed to soup kitchens, food pantries and schools in 21 counties in Maryland, including Baltimore City and Somerset, Wicomico, and Washington counties. The Maryland Food Bank has many programs for helping hunger in the community including school breakfast and lunch programs, culinary training, farm to food programs and SNAP programs. Donations can be made to the Maryland Food Bank this holiday season in several ways including their virtual holiday food drive at www.mdfoodbank.org/donate.
The Door is part of the Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation with a mission to “facilitate the transformation and holistic growth of youth, families and communities through collaborative partnerships, direct service and resource development.” The Door operates a food pantry throughout the year with help from the Maryland Food Bank and Clearview Baptist Church. The program provides more than 5,000 food baskets a year with non-perishable items, bread and fresh meat, to families in need. The program is always in need of volunteers and food donations.
Free Thanksgiving Community Meals
There are many Thanksgiving community meals happening in the Baltimore area. Below are just two of the events. Check your local church or community center for more free Thanksgiving meal information.
Goodwill Industries Thanksgiving Dinners
Goodwill Industries will be hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner in Baltimore and one in Annapolis on Wednesday, November 29th. Both meals start at 11:45am and run to 2:45pm. The 60th Annual Baltimore Thanksgiving Dinner and Resource Fair will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center. The 27th Annual Annapolis Thanksgiving Dinner and Resource Fair will be held at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Annapolis. Over 300 volunteers from across Maryland gather together to serve a free Thanksgiving meal to over 3,000 people with disabilities or special needs. These Thanksgiving events are among the longest running events in the Baltimore area. Tickets are only available through social service agencies or by contacting Goodwill directly. Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake has provided services to nearly 40,000 people in the Baltimore area who are in need of assistance because of physical, mental or other social issues for over 95 years.
Over 175 students, staff and other volunteers from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine will host the 26th Annual “Project Feast” for over 450 disadvantaged West Baltimore residents. The free Thanksgiving meal takes place on Thursday, November 26th at the Booker T. Washington Middle School in Baltimore from 11am to 3pm. The event is one of the many community outreach efforts by the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine which also includes workshops, seminars and free medical screenings.