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National Library Week is celebrated in April each year. You may have seen signs for library book sales and commemorative events earlier this month, but libraries need–and deserve–some love all year round! Take the opportunity to explore, rediscover, and share the importance and impact of libraries in your homeschool and your community. Check out this week’s Homeschool Living for cool facts about libraries past and present, tips for finding and shopping library book sales to supplement your curriculum, information on the vast resources available at your local library, and fun library activities to teach and encourage children to utilize these valuable community resources.

Build a Library

Did Benjamin Franklin open the first public library? This article chronicles the history of the public library. Explore the “storied” history of libraries and record-keeping.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Check out the library map to see if there is one near you, or even learn how to build and register your own!

Buy a Library

Browse these 5 Tips to Get the Most out of a Library Sale from Wisebread and Our Montessori Home’s ideas about how to make the most of library sales.

Use a Library

This article from Moneycrashers details fifteen resources public libraries offer, even beyond our beloved books.

Love a Library

It can be exhausting to round up the kids and their various library materials for regular trips to your local library, not to mention the hassle of lost or damaged books and library fines. So why shouldn’t you cut that stress out of your life? This post from Life as Mama shares some benefits of taking your kids to the library that may help change that perspective.

Browse this list of reasons that libraries are essential and even submit your own reasons or ways a library has had an impact on you and your family.

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