How To Collect Books For Your Home Library
Whether you are collecting books for a home library or just trying to establish a good book collection for your children, here are some tips for finding affordable books.
I’m having a lot of fun creating our home library. The space where our library will be, is just about ready. I’m sure I will be adding more bookshelves at some point, and I’m always looking for more books to add to our collection.
When I started researching ways to find affordable books, I was surprised that there really wasn’t a lot out there. I was hoping to find a list of ideas, but most of the information I found were just about decorating or arranging a library. That seemed crazy, because what is a library without books!
So, I took things into my own hands and after some research, I created my own list. Here are some ways our family has, and will continue to collect books.
Thrift Store: This includes all types, such as used bookstores, and regular thrift or second hand stores. I know our area children’s resale shop always has great deals on books. Most of the time the books are in great condition, the children just outgrew them.
Family Members: Ask your family if they have some books they would like to get rid of from their collection. Both my mom and my mother-in- law had books that they had held onto through several moves, that were mine and my husband’s as kids. Now they are part of Eli’s collection.
Yard/ Estate Sales: I have scored a lot of books for this way. We have found several informative books for our different hobbies, and even some cookbooks.
Book Fairs: Every so often we get the option to buy books for our son through his school book fair. The prices are very reasonable, and it benefits his school in return.
Library Sales: Keep an eye out at your local library for book sales. I was able to add a few classics to our collection this way.
Gifts: When people are wondering what you or your family want for Christmas or Birthday, asking for books is a great option. You are giving them the chance to give a gift that will last years, and I think most people love gifting books.
Clubs and Reading Programs: I know my son has benefited from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and there are several similar programs. You can find a more detailed list here.
Amazon: We started using Amazon to buy used books. Now we go there for just about everything, but it still remains a great place to get cheap, used books. Many books are basically brand new, and we have even gotten some for less than a dollar!
I hope you will find these ideas helpful in collecting books for your family. Happy reading!
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