We love the library and at any given time have between sixty and one hundred books checked out for our family. The library is a great tool for the homeschooling family and can save a ton of money as well. The library stops being a great tool when you are saddled with late fees and missing book charges. Since I don’t like wasting money I created a system to make the library work for us.
- Using my reading lists I reserve our books online. The library sends an email when the books are ready. I try to pick up books once a week so I don’t have a variety of due dates.
- When I pick up the books I allow the children to find a few extra books they would like to check out. I am able to help them navigate the library because my books are ready to go, no searching for me.
- All our library books are stored in a central location in our home, “the book basket.” Our basket has wheels so the kids can move it around the house if they want to read in a different location.
- I bring tote bags to carry my books from the library to the car. I am sure we would drop (and possible lose) a book or two if we didn’t have our totes.
- The library sends me an email three days before the books are due. This gives me plenty of time to make sure all our books are ready to be returned. If my library didn’t have this service I would set up a reminder on my computer to let me know the books are due.
- Libraries have more than books! We routinely check out educational dvds, read magazines, and utilize the computers at our library. Most libraries also have story times, crafts, and other educational programs. With summer approaching many libraries start a summer reading program that offers incentives to kids for reading books. These activities are all free and available to card holders.
- Don’t forget to check out the used book sales at the library. Many times the books they are getting rid of are classic books. Our library sells them for as little as a dime! This is a great way to build your homeschool library.
- Finally the library is a great way to “try out” books. Many times I check out a book I think we will love only to find the book adequate but not spectacular. If I find that there is a book we check out repeatedly it is time to invest in the book.