|Classroom at First-Centenary United Methodist Church Children's Enrichment Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee|
Rain gutter bookshelves are designed to entice children to pick up books . They may see a book with a kitty or an airplane, and because the cover art grabs their attention, they ask an adult to read the book to them. The great part of having a wide variety of books displayed in such an appealing fashion, is that children can be encouraged to discover new genres of books. Children may be curious about images shown on the cover of new books, and want to see what that book is all about. By creating a love of books at a very early age, parents and educators can change the attitude in children that reading is a chore to be done for schoolwork instead of pleasure.
|Bookshelves at First-Centenary Chattanooga, TN|
|Downspout on rain gutter bookshelves|
Would you like to use this excellent tool to promote reading in your own household? Below is an installation guide for rain gutter bookshelves, taken from a pamphlet created by Akira Matsuzawa, Holly Tomasson, Mohit Verma, and John Witmer, students at the Georgia Institute of Technology (1-4).
|Excerpt from "Guide to Rain Gutter Bookshelves" created by Matsuzawa, Thomasson, Verma and Witmer|