Library Tips

librarybookslargeDo you find books all over your house? Are you totally cluesless as far as when the books are due or  even which books have been checked out. Are you paying more library fines then you are willing to admit in polite society?  Well, I’m here to say I feel your pain and I’ve been there! After nearly 17 years of parenting here are some stystems that I have set up to make sure we know where books are, when they are due and don’t pay fines!

  1. Create a Library Books Binder:
    1.  Lists of acceptable books (preferably with reading levels).
    2. Attach a clip to the folder so you can clip my library book receipts to it. I use book lists from both Classical and Charlotte Mason Books sites as well as a family list of approved books.
    3. Pen to put notes on  your lists or to cross out books that your family finds objectionable.
  2. Take something to carry your books home with you. I prefer a milk crate. We also use it to house library books once they are at our home.  I do  not carry the milk crate the older children do.
    1. Family library bag
    2. Individual bags for each child to carry library books (The main problem I have with this one is sometimes children do not get the books from the approved list. When they have had individual bags these books have slipped by .)
  3. Tell them your expectations every time you go to the library look those little blessings in their eyes , just before the children exit the vehicle and remind them of your expectations. (how many books can each child get? What is acceptable library behavior do we run, scream etc…)
  4. Then I actually help the kids find books because even my big and competent children sometimes have a hard time finding certain books. Sometimes the book isn’t there and they just want me to confirm that for them. It seems silly to say this but so many times I’ve seen Mama’s distracted by our phones or notebooks when we need to be attending to the needs of the children (I am guilty of this too<sigh>).
  5. Create a designated space for your library books.
  6. Enforce your families library book expectations…Do you expect all the books to stay in the baskets? Can kids take books to bed with them??
  7. Set a Google Calendar (or whatever computerized calendar you use) alert to remind you that your library books will be due in a few days and then a reminder to alert you of the due date. If you still use a wall calender write a neat little reminder on it! Be sure to do this it is critical that just in case one of those little cherubs didn’t put the book back where it was supposed to go you can find it outside underneath the blanket , under the trampoline in the side yard…ya’ know what I’m saying!
What to do when you need books but cannot take all the kids inside

There was a time when I REFUSED to enter a library with all of my children that was when the twins were between 18 months old and 3 years. After attempting it a couple of times I finally just threw in the towel So here are a couple of tips for those years when you JUST CANNOT mingle with civilized society 😉

  1. Put your books on hold, it seem silly but seriously if you can just put the books on hold it opens up a world of possibilities.
  2. If you have a child who is old enough to go in with a sibling {{Use your discretion, I live in a small town with small libraries I can see into, you may live in the middle of Chicago with huge libraries}} to go in and get the books from the librarian.
  3. Ask your husband or a friend (who goes to the library regularly to pick them up for you.

How does your family handle trips to the library?

 

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

7 thoughts on “Library Tips

  1. We had horrible library fines until I instigated a rule that the children could only check out as many books as they had years. Suddenly we could keep track of all the books, carry the books easily, and they’re eager to turn 11. At 11 they get their own library card with no limits other than the library’s 50 book rule!

  2. Wonderful tips! Especially the putting books on hold and having them picked up for you when times are chaotic. Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week! 🙂

  3. So far we have no set rules about how many books or any systems to keep them straight. Our library lets us have 199 books out, so I just lit the kids get as many as they want (well, as many as I can carry!) We get them for 3 weeks and then can renew them online up to 3 times, so that ends up being a total of 3 months for most books. Each time we go back, I just have the kids round up as many as they can find to return and usually we don’t end up with any missing. Every once in a while we have to work to track one down, but it’s worth it compared to how many we usually get with ease.

    I don’t have a large family, though, so I can definitely see how it would be different if I did!

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