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Building a classroom library

Buying books for a classroom library can be very expensive. Here are some ways to spend less money and still acquire many books:

• Shop for books at garage/yard sales and thrift stores.

• Once students have purchased books from a book order, use the book club points you accumulate to order more books (instead of saving up the points for a refrigerator).

• Hold a book drive (for your classroom or school) to ask families and/or community members to donate old books to the classroom library.

Borrowing books is another way to stock your classroom library on a temporary basis. Speak with the school librarian and the local public librarian about checking out books for an extended period for a theme study or other classroom uses.

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