donating and shopping used books

Although I recommend all of the libraries in the area as great places to find books to read this summer, I also love the thrill of hunting for good used books. There is a reason for the saying, “One person’s trash is another’s treasure.” This summer I found books for kids and adults at Goodwill, a local library thrift store, and even a church charity shop. I purchased a mini library of paperback early chapter books to share at my elementary school library, a CD of Goosebumps books, and some great vintage kids books to use for everything from crafts to reading in the car (they are already a bit worn so perfect for messy hands).

When I was young my mother would take me to paperback buy, sell and trade shops. We’d bring in bags of paperback books for credit and shop, shop, shop. Alas, the selections were not as great as used bookstores I visit today. But it was interesting to see rows and rows of dogeared paperbacks that shoppers picked through as if each was an exciting possibility. The stores were small and crowded but they were one of the best ways to spend an afternoon (not to mention it was easy to find books that were for grownups only and sneak peeks).

If you don’t want to shop used please donate! It makes a big difference to the community and stores like Half Price Books donate back. Our library has benefited yearly from their book drives. You never know what you’ll find when you shop used books, and that my friends is half the fun!


The Snoopy is a Weekly Reader from 1966, and love the illustrations below. The book cover for Hoppity Skip has a 35¢ price tag.


1971 publication date (in Roman numerals, what a pain to translate!)IMG_9729IMG_9731

Summer reading goals

My summer reading goals are to find new books I love while rereading a few favorites…that’s it. Sometimes I set a number goal for myself for the year, but this summer I have enjoyed reading paper and electronic books just for the fun of it because isn’t that a reward in itself? Here are some titles that I’ve read so far from our district libraries, some are adult fiction and some are available on Overdrive.  If you are a student or staff member who needs help logging into overdrive please email me!

My favorite author would be hard to pinpoint, but Sir Terry Pratchett is definitely in the top five. I love his sense of humor, witty commentary, and the Amazing Discworld Multiverse he created. This summer I am reading a few of his novels I missed including Guards, Guards.  I’ve carried three paperback books around by Pratchett to have something to read wherever I go this month. We have lots of Pratchett in the district including his amazing Tiffany Aching series.  



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Paranormal Properties– I love a spooky ghost story! Available on Overdrive in our district check out Jake’s life as a junior paranormal investigator.


If you liked Alice in Wonderland this YA novel by a librarian will make you look at everything from flowers to insects in a new light! Available in Overdrive for staff, click on the book cover for a summary.


Did you already see the movie? Available in Overdrive for staff, a moving tribute to moving through grief and exploration of wilderness. I’ve waited to see the movie because…books first always! Click on the book cover for an Amazon review.

there’s a bear in there, take your bear to school day

This year for Take Your Teddy to School Day, first and second graders read and wrote about bears in the library. Fifth graders even joined in to write some informational bear books so that there was always enough to read. The library created a special bear cave in our reading area so our bears could read or hibernate. One of the great bear books we read was The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, a humorous book to make us ask questions and possibly to distrust dogs. Students brought their bears to the library where we all heard great bear stories, had a bear snack, and got some cuddles in while we learned.


writing an invitation for the bear day to our bears first
the library made bear snacks for the special day