Day 9 of Organization ~ Library Books & Other Borrowed Stuff

Homeschoolers love the library. Where else can we access thousands of books for free? (Paper books; let’s not get started on the Kindle and iPad now!) Last month when my teenage daughter and her friend cleaned out her room, she discovered a bag full of books that had been due two months earlier. Oops. Yes, she knows where she’s supposed to keep them (not under the bed!) and yes, I did make her pay the fines.

Library fines can be avoided! Here’s how: 1. After you get home, put the due date on your calendar. What? You don’t use a calendar? Click here and here to get started! 2. Have a designated spot for all library books–a bag, a basket, a box, or a spot on a shelf. All books not being read must be stored in and returned to that spot. Then they’ll be easy to collect when you make your next library run.

Bonus library tip: Figure out what books you need (academic or pleasure), then order them online from the library. They’ll notify you when they come in and all you have to do is check them out at the desk. It will save you lots of fruitless searching, especially if they have to come from another branch.

For those of us who have been homeschooling for a while, we have accumulated quite a bit of curricula and books and we’re generous; we like to share with our friends. Do everyone a favor and keep a running “lent to” list in your mom binder. Do the same for items you borrow from friends, especially if it’s curricula that you’re going to have for a year or more.

Today’s the last day to enter the giveaway!! The winner will be announced tomorrow (in a separate post from the Day 10 blog hop post).

Giveaway? Did I just see a giveaway? Yes, you did! I’m giving away 1 FREE ticket for Heart of the Matter’s upcoming Winter Conference. Get a big dose of encouragement February 21-23 from such speakers as Carol Barnier, Amanda Bennett, Kim Kautzer, and more. The best part is that you can attend in your jammies! This is an online conference. If you can’t attend all of the sessions live, you’ll be able to listen to the Mp3s later.
Giveaway rules: Everyone who comments at least once on my blog during the 10 Days of Organization (not on Facebook, Twitter, or email) will be entered to win the ticket. You may comment every day (but only once per day) for more chances to win. I will announce the winner on Feb. 18, the last day of the blog hop. Be sure to leave your email address with your comment (or another way for me to contact you). This contest is open to anyone living anywhere in the world since it is a virtual conference.

Remember to visit my fabulous friends for more homeschool encouragement!

10 days of socialization for mom | The Homeschool Chick
10 days of classical education | Milk & Cookies
10 days of large families | Chocolate on My Cranium
10 days of special needs | Special Needs Homeschooling
10 days of struggling learners | Homeschooling the Chaotic Family
10 days of homeschooling girls | Homegrown Mom
10 days of homeschool enrichment | Confessions of a Homeschooler
10 days of building a spiritual legacy | Mommy Missions
10 days of frugal homeschooling |The Happy Housewife
10 days of Charlotte Mason | Our Journey Westward
10 days of unschooling | Homeschooling Belle
10 days of organization | Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom
10 days of getting started | Blog, She Wrote
10 days of homeschooling boys | The Tie That Binds Us
10 days of homeschooling Montessori |  Fruit in Season
10 days of preschool |  Delightful Learning

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12 thoughts on “Day 9 of Organization ~ Library Books & Other Borrowed Stuff”

  1. The library I have a membership with rules! They send me emails when items are coming due and if I know I won't be able to get there on time, I can renew them online. I can even place holds for items online. They are so organized, I don't have to be!Mary


  2. I have used a designated \”Library tote bag\” for years, but am going to head to the teacher store soon and buy one of those plastic totes on wheels that have a telescoping handle. Then the container can be rolled out to the car, go to the library with us, etc. At home it can be rolled to child's room, or over to the couch. I have just checked out the price, and our teacher store has them for $30, which is a lot but not completely out of the question. Right now, I'm signing up for the e-mail list at the teacher store and am going to wait for a coupon to be sent! :)smenzmer@gmail.com


  3. We designated Tuesdays to be the one day a week to be the \”library day\” so books are always due on that day every week. Helps to keep my fines lower :). Lisa (DTLisa@comcast.net)


  4. We LOVE our library (of course, I'm a librarian there, so I'm biased). They provide a custom collection service where they will collect materials on any topic with one week's notice – it's great!goldfuss1 at frontier dot com


  5. Bethany,I love your Blog! I am a homeschool Mom new to blogging and would love your impression or any recommendations for me and my Blog. (Keeping in mind, I'm brand, brand new) Love all you have to offer! :O)http://mykidsteacher2.blogspot.com


  6. I found your blog by mistake and I am so glad I did. Thank you for taking the time to give such amazing insights. I am a forever reader now.


  7. Great post! I also use a library bag to keep our books organized. It works really well unless your preschooler decides he wants to share \”his\” books with others and puts them in the Goodwill box that your husband takes to the local dropoff site. Oy!To share materials and curriculum, I set up a lending library online for my friends. It's on the extreme side, but seems to be taking off. http://www.saltandlight3.com


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