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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Library Days and Book Lists

Library Tips:

  • As soon as you get home, write the due date of your books on your wall calendar or in your planner.
  • Plan a library day a few days prior to your due date and write it in as well.
  • Keep all of your library books in one place.
  • Have a library bag and ensure that all books are accounted for and in the bag the night before your trip to the library to be frugal with your time.
  • Take advantage of all the library services including books, books on tapes or CD's, videos and DVD's as well as any special classes and story times that are available!

We spend much of our day in the bathroom where we work on our learning poster and that is where we keep all our library books in a basket. I keep them there so that we don't end up misplacing one when we return them. On occasion we will remove one and go up to the library to read it however that usually results in a forgotten book (like last week!) which spells out late fees :)

We actually returned our library books last week and are due to go again next Wednesday April 22nd. Our library visit coincides with the day we go out on cupcake delivery. We do have quite a few books at home so let me share with you what we are reading.

Our Readers:

  • John (8 months)
  • Chloe (2 years)
  • Jaiden (2 years)
  • Mommy (undisclosed - haha - I'm 30!)
So from our home library, these are our current favorites:

Board Books
That's Not My Tractor by Fiona Watt
That's Not My Pony by Fiona Watt
These are adorable touchy-feely books by Usborne. Great quality and, though simple, there are many opportunities to teach colors and textures. Chloe loves these books, the one some of her favorites. She can "read" them to me by feeling the pictures, she knows what the page says.

Early Readers
Chloe loves this book. I think it may be her favorite book. If not #1 then he #2 favorite! She wanted to read it every time we went potty for the entire 2-3 weeks that our learning poster theme was about dinosaurs. I was so glad to move one :) It really is a great book with a great teaching opportunity. It is about a dinosaur who goes around scaring people, thinking he is funny. He loses his friends and his voice. In the end, he says sorry, saves his friends and everyone lives happily ever after. It is rated a level three reader.
This is the Bear by Sarah Hayes and Helen Craig
This is Chloe's other favorite book. It is a very easy read, though not rated. It is a cute, short rhyming pocket-sized book about a bear who ends up at the garbage dump by accident.
The Little Book of Farmyard Tales by Stephen Cartwright & Heather Amery
A sweet collection of short stories that they say was written with the help of a language expert for young children learning to read. Chloe likes the stories because they all involve a little girl and a little boy and their adventures on the farm.

Mommy's Corner
These are books that I am currently reading and almost done. I will add a brief review once I have finished the books so be sure to come back!

Life Management for Busy Women by Elizabeth George
One of my favorite authors!
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacey McDonald
The title turned me off originally as I immediately associated it with whatever that show was that was on TV about housewives. After hearing so many women who I respect talking about it, I purchased it. I am almost through it and it has been an amazing read.
The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick
Secrets of a Happy Heart - Titus 2 Series Book 1 by Debi Pryde
My sister and I are currently working through this series together on Monday mornings.

For more great reading ideas, head over to The Happy Housewife!

Do you have a library tip to share? As new library-goers, we welcome new ideas! Leave a comment!

(Please note: Book links take you to my A-store so you can read their reviews on them there. Any Candian friend who wish to purchase them should visit my Canadian Bookstore on the right sidebar!)


  1. Life Management for Busy Women sounds good. I need to look for that one.

  2. Jenn, I know you've already said that you don't have interlibrary loan (sniff, how sad!), but perhaps your readers do. Interlibrary loan has been a GREAT way for our family to get books for homeschooling and for my book habit! Just because your local library doesn't have something doesn't necessarily mean they don't have access to it. Learn your system!

    There's that mention of Elizabeth George's book again! I put it on hold at my library!

  3. I love being able to find new books and it definitely is frugal! :D

  4. My library will email me a 'friendly reminder' when my books are near being due. You might check and see if yours does also. I only recently realized mine would do it. It is very helpful. :)

  5. Ooh. Thanks Sheila, I like the sound of that. It would definitely help me if our library offered it!!

  6. My library allows me to check my card status and get a list of items checked out along with their due dates online. Since we go to the library a couple times a week I've found checking the online list to be the easiest way to check what is due that week. It may be worth checking to see if your library has something similar.

  7. I'm stopping over from Life as MOM's Frugal Friday, and wanted to say THANK YOU for the calendar tips. We have an ongoing problem with library fines here, and one day I'm convinced we'll break the cycle. Thanks again!

  8. Your "mom" books have peaked my interested. I hope my library has some of them so I can check them out!
    Great tips for organizing your library books too! Thanks for sharing!


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