Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Library Sale

Today we stopped in at our local mall to attend our library's
book sale. Two things kept my spending in check,
#1 Farmer Dad and Princess were with me and they do not have
the patience to sift through every book on the tables that I do.
(not to mention the boxes under the tables)
#2 Have I mentioned how many books we have at our house?
I should point out that #1 and #2 have never kept me in check before,
but as Princess actually begins to read, I am becoming much more choosy
about the books we have for her to read. I have always had children's books
around my house for my nieces, but once they were old enough to read, I
just wanted them to read..anything. I let them pick out stacks of books I
would not have chosen myself. "Barbie" and movie themed books and
the like. Some of which I have Freecycled recently to make room for the
books I want to make available for Princess.Tonight I picked up a few
like Caldecott Medal winner, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
and Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw which we take out of the library all the time.
Both well worth the 50 cents in my opinion.I did let Princess pick out a book for herself
and she decided on My Very First Little Mermaid Storybook adapted by Rochelle Larkin and Illustrated by Yvette Banek. It is not the book I would have chosen, but she likes Mermaids and I think the
smaller size appealed to her as well.
I did enjoy watching her circle slowly around the table looking
at different books and finally choosing the one she liked the best.
I'd like to think I'm raising a Bibliophile.

6 comments:

Cher Mere said...

I love used books. I have found some of the most awesome finds at library book sales.

Mother Crone's Homeschool said...

Aren't these the best? Funny that you should mention your growing selectivity about books. I am going through that right now. I have over two thousand, and I have been getting rid of any fluff, twaddle or books I just didn't love this year. I am hoping to cut the number at least in half.

nina said...

I have only read the title and I am envious. I love library sales. Now I will read the post.

nina said...

I totally agree with you about quality in the home. I shop at the Goodwill all the time (I might just go this evening) but there is far more crap than quality. It takes patience to sift and find the treasures.

Just today, I watched Citcat in the rearview mirror quietly studying a book as we drove to music class. It thrills me to watch her "read" with such passion.

patience said...

I love library sales. I used to totally go wild and get so many books that I couldn't carry them all, and I'd be dragging bags of them down the street and quietly weeping while my preschooler encouraged me to take just another step ...

But I stay away from the sales now. Even though I'd get mainly non-fiction, we scarcely read them. We'd do a unit study and discover at the END that we had books on the subject on our shelves.

We tried to sell them all recently without much luck. So we ended up throwing them away. It was a sad day for us all. But Kitty had outgrown them and if I had another child I wouldn't use all those books anyway, same as I didn't with Kitty.

Kate in NJ said...

Thanks for all the comments!
Patience, have you looked into Freecycle.org? They may have one in your area. We have received many books, and given away many through them. Just a thought.:-)

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