Not very long ago in our classroom we started putting books in need of a little "TLC," in our book hospital, at first I was a little pessimistic about this idea- after all if they liked having books in the book hospital mightn't they intentionally rip or tear books to get them in the hospital? Turns out not. Somehow they have a hyper- vigilant sense of the importance of books now. They say to each other things like "you shouldn't bend the book like that, it will get broken!" They put books with the slightest rip, tear, or slightly frayed binding.
Our book hospital is made from a simple small cardboard box and contains clear packaging tape and scotch tape. On my shopping list is also more gum erasers to clean off any crayon marks that might pop up.