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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.

Build a Library

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.

Be inspired by the wealth of knowledge, history, and literature housed in the largest libraries in the world, and tucked into the smallest.

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.

Buy a Library

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 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.)

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

Use a Library

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.

This interactive lesson explains how the Dewey Decimal System works and how to use it to locate items on your library shelves. Keep this handy chart in your library bag as a reference guide.

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.

Love a Library

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

We’re Going on a Book Hunt by Pat Miller

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.

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