I hate that the library closed, but since we homeschool I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and see if there was still anything left worth purchasing. I'm happy to report that I had pretty good luck and managed to come home with a few treasures. Truthfully, the children's section was pretty well picked over. I'll mention that the library had allowed all the school teachers in the area first pick of books when the library closure was initially announced. I'm glad for that. With all the budget cuts, schools here are hurting and it seems fair that they should get first pick. I still managed to find 29 books to bring home, almost all hardcovers. Here are just a few of the books I found:
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment:
I also found, and this was not in the children's section, a set of encyclopedias on the earth and physical sciences. Cost? Only $15. Honestly, I could not believe they were still there. They are brand new and in absolutely beautiful condition. When I really think about that, it makes me sad. I don't think anyone ever used them. As soon as I came home I did a search to see what they might be worth. It turns out that this particular set goes for around $100. It is hard to find a complete set though, and most of the listings I found had the individual volumes sold separately. The set I purchased is the first edition and was published in 1998, but still completely relevant. Most of what is covered in these books is information that will not be changing over time. The newest edition, which was published in 2005, goes for anywhere between $650 to $715, which is certainly out of our price range. At least, I would not consider buying encyclopedias at that price, not at this time. Gabe loves them already:
and I know they will be well-used in the coming years.
We are just starting to build our home library. While we love to visit the library and check-out books, I also want our children to grow up around books and to be able to pull a story from the shelf whenever they feel. I don't mind buying books new, but I don't mind them used either. The ones I purchased this past weekend were in varying conditions. Mostly it was the covers of the books that were worn (but a lot of the books have those clear covers common to library books; I plan on keeping them on for protection). The pages of the books themselves were all in excellent condition, no rips and very little writing in any of the pages. Even though I didn't find as much as I had hoped, I am so happy for what I did find.
Do you have a home library? How have you gone about building it? Any tips would be appreciated. I'll share my tip, you can search for library sales in your area by visiting this website, Book Sale Finder. I plan on keeping my eyes open for future sales, but I wonder if there are any other secrets to be had... if you have any, please share!