Library Book Sale

Oh evil, evil library book sale. I have avoided it the last few years, because I just don’t have space for new books. But I used homeschooling as an excuse to go this year. $20 later I had two enormous bags of books. You can see some of our finds here. There were also some grownup books too (Shopgirl and Unconditional Parenting), and a big bag of books that I’m giving the kids for Christmas (lots of Calvin & Hobbes, and also Adventures in Cartooning, which we just checked out from the library last month, and loved). Oh, and also Sixteen Cows! It was one of the first ones I found, and I actually yelped and said out loud, “Oh! This is why I came here today!” (I know it’s ridiculous that we didn’t own Sixteen Cows, considering how much Zuzu and I are in love with Cowboy Gene.)

Some gems you can see in the photo: Snips and Snails and Walnut Whales is one I had when I was a kid, and it’s got all kinds of great nature crafts. Those Family Creative Workshop books are part of what must have been a fifty-volume series or something (since these barely cover one letter of the alphabet) and have such activities as carving your own walking stick and wine making (now there’s a family activity I can get behind). We’ve already ordered a bunch of supplies to work our way through the Electricity book, which is just what everyone here seems to be into right now, so it’s perfect. And I’m also super-psyched to finally have our own copy of Simms Taback‘s There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly — it’s the best version of the story, and I can’t read it without hearing Cyndi Lauper in my head doing the video version. I love love love Cyndi Lauper. “She’s So Unusual” is definitely one of my desert-island records. And I want her to take me clothes shopping.

Now I have to go clear a bunch of bookshelf space.

Comments (5)

  1. LoriO October 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I was so sad when our Friends of the Library group opened up a year-round store. I used to take a day off from work to go to their yearly sales, it was such an event. I love “There was an old Lady…” as a kid and can still picture the book. My Dad used to read it to me when I was really little. I have a few of those Family Creative volumes if you want them. I’d be happy to send them to you.

  2. Julie October 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Year-round sale! That’s no fun!

    And wait, what? You actually have some of those Family Creative Workshop books? Really? Sure, I’ll take ’em, if you’re not using them!

  3. Sylvie October 19, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I think that Snips, Snails, etc. has that project I have been looking for with spiderwebs….remind me to look for it. Did they still have a ton of books left?

  4. Julie October 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

    What spiderweb project? I’ll look for it.

    There were certainly a ton of books on Wednesday when we were there, but there were still a few days left to go.

  5. Lisa van O October 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Nice!! I took this year off.

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