5 Inexpensive Ways to Build a Home Library

College & Career Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Parent & Family Engagement | 06/12/2019

Kayla Mattas
Marketing and Communications Manager

Books can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. It’s so important to have literature around your house so you can promote reading at home.

Here are five ways to accumulate books at a low cost:

  1. Little Free Libraries. Indianapolis is home to several of these small, free libraries. In these tiny house-like libraries, you simply bring an old book and exchange it for a new one. If you have a single book at home, you can start utilizing these. This link is a map where you can search for all “Little Free Libraries” around Indiana.
  2. Ask your child’s school. As noted in this Indy K12 blog, schools sometimes recycle books because they are damaged or because they have multiple copies. Ask your child’s school to notify you if they are willing to give you any books they are planning to donate or recycle.
  3. Visit yard sales. Many times, yard sales are gold-mines for good books at a low cost. Instead of spending $10-$20 on a new book, many people sell the books their children have outgrown for a few dollars or less.
  4. Visit a public library book sale, such as the ones on this list, or a warehouse sale such as the annual sale (already passed for the year) in Lebanon, IN. Through a public library or warehouse sale, you can usually find books in great shape (or even new) for under five dollars.
  5. Visit a used bookstore. Many used bookstores hold events to promote even lower prices on overstocked books.

Beyond the five things listed above, one thing I have done is ask my family members to subscribe to a book service such as Scholastic or National Geographic for my child versus buying him a birthday or Christmas present. These books come quarterly or monthly and are a great option for inexpensive book delivery. They are also a helpful reminder that my son should be reading 20-minutes a day.

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