Friday, March 12, 2010

Homeschool Library Builder

I have mentioned before that I'm a confessed book-aholic.  I can spend hours browsing library shelves, but if I have a little money in my pocket nothing beats a book sale.  I love hitting used book sales and "rescuing" abandoned treasures.  Of course these events don't occur everyday and it's starting to cost a pretty penny to drive the long distances.  Now I've found an online alternative -- The Homeschool Library Builder.

This company was started by a couple of homeschool moms who know the value of "living books."  They seek out bargains--publisher's overstocks and remainders mostly (there are a few used books) and pass the savings onto us.  For example, I found a hardcover Hank the Cowdog books for $4.99 instead of $14.99 (it was a remainder).

Visiting HSLibrarybuilder is very similar to browsing the shelves of a "brick and mortor" bookstore.  There are categories on the left side of the screen and you can go through page after page of books in each category--never knowing what bargain might catch your eye.   Browsing is essential because there aren't sub-categories, for example I can look at Historical Fiction but it's not further divided into American History or the Civil War.

A lot of homeschoolers will be pleased to browse by curriculum.  Available books are listed for Ambleside, Beautiful Feet, Five in a Row, Heart of Dakota, Sonlight, Tapestry of Grace, and Veritas Press.  I hope the administrators of the site will continue working on this feature--I'd like to see Konos and My Father's World available here.

To top it all off, Homeschool Library Builder has a free membership plan to help you earn point to get more books!!   Every dollar you spend equals one book point--accumulate 15 points and you've earned $1.00 discount on future purchases. 

 You can see what my fellow crewmates think of Homeschool Library Builder by clicking here.

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