by Megan Bittner
Next week is National Library Week. 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 Classroom 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.
Explore the “storied” history of libraries and record-keeping, from ancient times to modern day.
Did Benjamin Franklin open the first public library? This article chronicles the history of the public library.
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!
Learn how to utilize resources like library book sales and more to build your homeschool library on a budget.
This blog post from Kinder Craze offers some tips for buying inexpensive, quality children’s books at used book sales.
Find library and other book sales at www.booksalefinder.com. Many libraries submit their used book sales to this site, but some do not. Be sure to also check the websites of your local libraries for sale information (April and October are big library-book-sale months.)
You can use this index to find libraries throughout Virginia.
This article from Moneycrashers details five resources public libraries offer, even beyond our beloved books.
You can prepare your high school student to transition into college with the “High School to College Transition: What to expect at college libraries” reference page provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University.
Vanderbilt also has a handy section on how to start your research project.
This guided library outing will help you introduce your children to the wonderful world of the public library. There are suggestions on how to make a library outing fun, a scavenger hunt print out, a list of suggested questions with which to interview a librarian, and an activity to encourage your child to explore the library.
If your student is considering pursuing an education in library science, this information may be helpful.
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.
Singing songs is a great way to get preschoolers excited about a trip to the library.
Visit I Love Libraries for more information on their impact on a community, ways to get involved with your local library, and more.
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.
Looking to jumpstart your youngsters’ library enthusiasm? These children’s and picture books all feature libraries and reading as a prominent theme. As always, review books to ensure that they are appropriate for your child’s experience.
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Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro
How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett
Parsley Rabbit’s Book About Books by Frances Watts and David Legge
Beatrice Doesn’t Want To by Laura Numeroff
Please, Louise by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
Library Day by Anne Rockwell
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski
The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer
Library Lion by Michelle Knudson
Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) by Barbara Bottner
That Book Woman by Heather Hensen
My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World by Margriet Ruurs
The Best Book to Read by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom
Check It Out! The Book About Libraries by Gail Gibbons
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop