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Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Own Personal Library...Sigh....

Do you love your library?  I have always loved to read.  Really, I would much rather read than do most anything. 

In Minnesota, I loved our library system.  Good old Anoka County Library

It had diverse books available.  There were little satellite libraries located all over, so you were never more than 5 or 10 minutes away from one.  They borrowed books from each other.....even from other counties in the state.  You could have them checked out for 3 weeks at a time.  It was easy to renew your books on-line, if needed.  But, don't get me will just make me sad.

Georgia does have a library system.  But, it isn't the same as what I was used to in Minnesota.  I was spoiled up there. 

Really, really spoiled.

I now skip the library altogether, unless there is something we absolutely need for school.  It is not a pleasant experience for me....or the kids.  They were spoiled too.  We just didn't know it at the time.

Being a homeschool family and having a few readers in our bunch.  We have a lot of books around here.  A lot of books.

For the older grades in school, we have gone to a more literature based approach to study.  Which  means we have bought a lot more books so we have them here when we need them, and without having a 2 week timeline to get them back to the library.

I love it.  It makes me happy to have all these books around.

But, there are two problems with this approach.

The first problem is storage.  I dream of a house that has built in, wall to wall bookshelves so I could actually arrange my books like a library.....altogether, in the same room - not spread out on various bookshelves throughout the house.


Probably won't happen.

The second problem with the approach of just buying books is that it gets mighty expensive.

I can help do something about this problem.

I was asked to review a website, rather than a product this time.

The website is called, The Homeschool Library Builder.  Their tagline is "Help Fill Your Bookshelves, Without Emptying Your Wallet."

Just what I need.  Dave Ramsey would be proud.

They have both new and used books for you to choose from.

Even if you are working with a literature based curriculum (which usually has a package of all the books you need - you don't have to search them out, but it gets really expensive), you can use the Homeschool Library Builder to get all the books you need for less money.

You can search on their website by curricula, fiction, non-fiction, age, award winners.....I think you get the idea.

They even have a Helping Hand section.  All proceeds from this section of the website go to support a Compassion International child. 

If you have some books in mind that you would like to add to  your collection, even if you don't homeschool, go take a look around and see if you can find what you need.  I am pretty sure it will be at a better price that most other places.

Right now they are offering 25% off all items for the month of May

Go take a look. 

You can become a member for free.  Free, I said! 

This just means that they will let you know about  upcoming sales.  (Apparently their big Super Bowl Sale (40% off) is something.)  Being a member also allows you to earn points back for future purchases.  This means that you earn one Book Point for each dollar you spend on merchandise. Fifteen Book Points equal $1 in your account to use toward future purchases.  One more thing they can do, is, if you need a hard to find book, they are happy to search for it so you don't have to.

Really, since the membership is free you have nothing to lose.

If you want to see what other TOS reviewers thought of the Homeschool Library Builder, just click here.  But, remember, we are all sort of weird homeschoolers who get excited about books!

Disclaimer:  I was asked to review this website as part of the TOS crew and I received no compensation for my opinion.