Enlarging classroom library

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  1. Mrs. Mom

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    I want to seriously enlarge the selection of books available in my classroom library before August. What is the cheapest way to do this? I don't have a particularly large selection and I would like to really add different genres as well as holiday specific books. Where does everyone get books from??? Obviously I add to my library when I send off my scholastic book orders, but 3 or 4 books every month or so doesn't do much.

    PS...Remember, I am living on a teacher's salary!!!:lol:
     
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  3. frogger

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    Garage or yard sales, libraries, look for teacher's who are retiring, websites - sprout or littlest learners, yahoo group for teachers called teacher bargain basement, ask others for donations?
     
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    Scholastic warehouse sales, library used book sales, ebay lots, and some of my students last year even brought in old books that they didn't want anymore. Word has spread throughout the school about how large my classroom library is, and how much students love it, that other teachers that are getting rid of books come to me first! I also browse craigslist from time to time!
     
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    Ditto the suggestions above. I got a bagful of Magic Tree House and other second grade series for just a few dollars at my town library book sale. Ordering online can end up being expensive- you find books for just a few dollars but then the shipping ends up being more expensive than the book itself in which case you'd be better off buying new at your local book seller. Scholastic sometimes has 50 books for 50 bucks-look for those offers. I've also been fortunate to have parents donate the books their kids have 'outgrown' to my classroom.
     
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    Too bad you aren't near me--I'm in the midst of a massive purge of books and teacher resources.
     
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    Try the Goodwill.. I stopped by yesterday and they happened to be having their 50% off sale. I went to two different stores and ended up with 150 new books. :haha:
     
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    Children's resale shops, too, sometimes have books. And they don't sell well there, so the owners usually make them really inexpensive!
     
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    ebay
     
  10. CFClassroom

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    Frogger: Thanks so much for mentioning my online store (www.littlestlearners.com). I actually have boxes and boxes of books to upload when school finally ends here next week.

    Some other ideas (though many won't help you before August)

    -yard sales
    -craigslist (try posting a "I'm a teacher request for books")
    -freecycle
    -send an email to everyone you know or post on facebook that you are looking for books, ask people to spread the word
    -send a letter home with older grade levels and ask the kids to donate books that they are now too old for.
    -ebay (search for lots of books)
    -goodwill/salvation army
    -at the end of a school year contact retiring teachers
    -barter (exchange some tutoring time for books that the child has outgrown)

    oooh...I think I know what my next blog topic will be:)

    Good luck with your search!
     

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