Our theme on the HomeschoolBlogger Front Porch this week is libraries! For the bibliophile homeschooler books are a large part of life, and so I’ve touched on library organization several times in past chaos articles.
Click here to see how my friend Dana organizes her home-library shelves with a color coded system that keys the books to their seasons of study and to history in a chronological system.
In a past article, I’d given a few tips I’d written on utilizing the public library. Libraries cataloging books online is huge help in streamlining and staying on top of everything for those of us who use the library extensively and need books at specific times to correlate with our studies. Don’t overlook college libraries as well. Our public library charges for inter-library-loan, which was a huge blow to my library methods, so I was overjoyed to discover that the community college offers this service free of charge!
Last, but absolutely not least, I must say a word for my favorite home-library helper. I’ve mentioned LIbraryThing in past Chaos articles, and am even more impressed as the years go by. LibraryThing is an amazing tool that allows you to catalog and categorize your books in a virtual library online. I’d initially set up two accounts–one to keep a record of library books that accompanied our chronological journeys through the ages, and one for books we own. Since that time, LibraryThing has been further developed and now has the option of adding “collections” within one account, making multiple accounts unnecessary. It just keeps getting better and better. Click over to read my Chaos article (from three years ago!) about the wonders of Library Thing, or click here to explore Library Thing yourself.
(Article cross-posted on the HSB CompanyPorch Blog in my Taming the Chaos column)
~Domestic Chaos tamer and homeschool mom of 5, Dell writes about home, heart and hearth.~