When I was teaching, it was always a challenge to grow and maintain a great library of books. Books are an educators BEST friend and we always want to get our hands on MORE. I guess you can call it greed;)
Here are my 3 best tips…
Our local libraries have a program called “Friends of the Library.” As an educator and a mommy of two little readers, I LOVE the Friends of the Library program! People donate their old books to the library and the library turns around and sell them to you and me….at a fraction of the retail price. I usually pick up great easy readers for 25 cents! I never pay more than 50 cents for my books!
Summer is right around the corner and so are those garage sells! Last summer I scored 80 Bearstein Bear books for $5!! And to be totally honest, I don’t think the little owner of these books read them more than 1-2 times! I find that large neighborhood garage sales are the best.
#3 Tickets (Tip for Teachers)
When I transferred schools because I started job-sharing, I left my collection of books to the teacher at my old school. Silly, I know! I was tired, VERY pregnant and just wanted to start my summer vacation. Well, needless to say, I needed a new library…and FAST!
Here is how I grew my library of 15 books into 300+ books in a matter of a couple of weeks.
I asked the kids if they had any library books at home that they no longer read. IF IT WAS OKAY WITH THEIR PARENTS, they could donate the books to our class library. In exchange, I would give them 2 tickets. We would use these tickets in a drawing for prizes at the end of the week.
They came to school with bags of books! The books ranged from Kindergarten to 8th grade, which was perfect for meeting the various reading levels in my classroom!
Can you imagine how many books you could collect in 5 years?? In retrospect, I probably should have sent home a letter to the parents first;)
Do you have any tips?