Books, Books, Books!

We’ve been checking out our limit of books from the library lately. At our small, local library, we get one “household” card. Only 15 items (including movies) may be checked out at any one time. This is somewhat of a problem with a large family and homeschooling. Each kid likes to have a couple of books to take home each library trip. Several books are usually desired for school subjects that week – one or two each for history and science. It is also desirable to have a book for “literature” assignments for the oldest. Needless to say, we have run up against the maximum several times. We do get an occasional waiver to go one or two books over with the understanding that we will bring a few back ASAP to get us back under the limit.

However, with school out for the summer, it is interesting that we are running up against the maximum now. The simple explanation is the summer reading club. The kids have read (or been read to) two books per day, on average, since the club started. They checked out 14 books on Tuesday. By Saturday morning, those were all read at least once (thrice for a few of them). Back to the library we went. We kept two of the books from Tuesday at home and we carefully pared our checkout list down to 12 + 1 movie so as not to exceed the limit.

Makes me tired just thinking about it!


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I'm a thirty-something female with loads of kids, a great husband, and lots of things on my mind. I plan on blogging about homeschooling, personal finance, the economy in the U.S., politics, family life, and the things my children do.
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3 Responses to Books, Books, Books!

  1. webster12 says:

    I wish we have a small library down here. but unfortunately we don’t so we have to buy our own books and movies. Well sometimes it’s great to create a little library out of the books bought in the bookstore.

  2. minnemom says:

    You really can only check out 15 items at a time? Wow!

    We have a 60-per-card limit (with special limits for videos and other special items), and there are times where I have to pull out the third or fourth card if they don’t override the limits for me. 😉

  3. doucementgently says:

    EXACTLY Linda! I grew up with a large library system and we children each had a card. We frequently maxed out our cards during the summer.

    In Illinois, where we used to live, my husband and I each had a card. I can’t even remember what the limit was because I’m not sure we ever met it individually. It was a great system – with the ‘lending library’ system where you can reserve books from other libraries in the same system.

    I just finished my extras “book list” for history and a semester of science. We are going to be at or pushing the limit just with those two subjects a few of the weeks during the second semester. But, we also don’t have a ‘lending library’ system here. That certainly makes a difference!

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