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Classroom Library Additions (Library Sale Fun)

1 Aug

Can I just say that library sales are pretty much my favorite thing ever? Even since before sliced bread. That’s how jazzed I am about library sales. I was visiting my local public library in search of the print version of Where She Went because the last disc of the audio-book didn’t work (major bummer). The only copy was checked out so I grabbed an audio-book at random and picked up a few other teen lit books and went upstairs for some picture books to read with my brother.

As I walked up the second flight, the sale shop beckoned me like a chorus of angels. I swear the book angels went “Aaaaahhhhhh” as I hit the landing. See, I have never (really, never ever ever) been in the library when the shop was open. Never. I popped in just to case the place, fully intending to come back. I made small talk with the really nice, sweet lady sitting at the counter and mentioned that (a) it was my first time in the shop and (b) I’m a high school English teacher.

She directed me to the teen section and I started shoving books in a cart (when the most expensive book is 75 cents, can you blame me?). I took a stack to the lady and told her I was going to pick out a few more. She tells me, “Oh, honey, I checked into it, and we have discounts for teachers.” “Oh, that’s awesome,” I tell her and pick out some more books. I’m thinking maybe 15% off? I’d be trilled with that – heck, I don’t even mind paying full price if the book is only 75 cents!

I walked out with five grocery bags FULL of books. The amount of books I have sitting in my trunk is just insane. And I paid all of $7.00. SEVEN DOLLARS. Wow.

These pictures show only half of my loot – my sister took two bags to read!

If you have the chance to go to your library’s sale shop, please go. Even if you don’t find something for your class, chances are you’ll find something great for yourself! The books tend to be a tad on the dated side, but who cares? Fiction is fiction! I can’t wait to clean these up and ready them for their placement on the shelves in the classroom.

Do you have a super-awesome place where you score books? I’d love to hear about it – comment below!


On My Way to 50

7 Jul

There’s going to be a lot of math in this post. Just a heads up. (UPDATE: I changed my mind. I was going to break down all the averages and totals and stuff for the #summerthrowdown tally sheet. And then I decided against all that math.)

In my #SummerThrowdown Throws Down at Halftime post, I mentioned that I’m approaching the second half of the challenge with a goal: to read more than 50 books. This could mean reading 50.25 or 130 books. As long as my final tally is over 50, I’ll be happy. The number itself is arbitrary. I’m not really sure why I picked 50 instead of 30 or 70. Fifty seemed like a reasonable number.

In my drive to reach this goal – and expand my repertoire – I have been visiting the local public library. I’ve checked out young adult books, audio books, graphic novels, comics, novels in verse, juvenile fiction, and even a few picture books.

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