Building a classroom library is something that just about any teacher is faced with at some point in her career. For those who teach in a K-12 setting, knowing where and how to purchase sets of books is not always second nature. After all, building a library incorrectly can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to purchase sets of books without causing undo stress or going over budget.
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Purchase books through a major publishing house or Internet retailer, such as Scholastic or Booksource. While this is the best way to purchase new sets of children's books for classrooms, it is generally not the most inexpensive method. Nevertheless, those looking to provide their classrooms with a variety of different genres of new books will be hard pressed to find a better method than going through an Internet retailer or publishing house.
Go to your local library. Many libraries have sale sections containing overstocked books that they can no longer keep on the shelves. More often than not, it is possible to find duplicate copies of books at a library book sale. Since libraries have no choice but to get rid of their books when they run out of room, it is often possible to save a great deal of money by taking advantage of a library sale.
Check local thrift stores, such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. Thrift stores usually sell books for extremely low prices, making it possible for an educator to fill an entire classroom library for a fraction of what it might cost to purchase books new. Since some schools or teachers donate unneeded books to thrift stores, it may be possible to find entire sets of classroom books.
Tips and warnings
- Strive to include a strong variety of genres when purchasing books for a classroom library.
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