Really, you'd think a librarian would be more organized
We decided we wanted to use this room as more of a playroom and less of a junk pit, so the desk went and the new bookcases came. I had wanted to go for the frugal option and just get standards, brackets, and shelves at Home Depot*, but Cait thought that would be hideously ugly. Having learned the art of compromise -- and loving any excuse to go to Ikea -- I agreed to look there as well. The result you see is the wall unit that we got just before New Year's. Being Ikea, this unit consisted of six separate pieces. Being stubborn, we bought a combination that's not "supposed" to work together, but Cait (armed with a cordless drill and a wife who was willing to go to the hardware store repeatedly) made it happen. It replaces an ancient Door Store** bookcase and a desk that did nothing but hold junk. (The remaining junk is right there in those boxes you see on the floor.) Admittedly, they hold more stuff than books, but they hold it all in such style!
The room is still in progress but we hope to get it cleared out and ready to roll by the end of March. The books are not sufficiently categorized or organized to my satisfaction but the general theme of this section is reference and non-fiction.
Moving on to another room, we have the Children's section:
The topmost shelf of books is adult fiction, primarily women writers -- and Harry Potter, which did not fit in the shelves below (in exchange there are a couple of art books on the bottom shelf which don't fit in the other room). The dog was a gift from my mom at our wedding shower. It's an autograph dog, the kind you usually see at 4th grade girls' slumber parties, but my mom thought it would be fun to have people sign it at the shower. It was fun, but what do you do with an autograph dog when you're in your late 20s/early 30s?*** Given that Harpo has a school librarian and a teacher for a mom, this section is due to explode exponentially in the next few years.
*especially since we have a gift card of significant size for the aforementioned retail institution
**local DC Ikea predecessor that's long since been out of business
***Answer: let the kids play with it. And they love it.