Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Importance of a Home Library - Mom Heart


Today I'm over at Mom Heart-I Take Joy talking about how my family established a home library on a budget through the years. 

An excerpt from Mom Heart...
There was almost always a new book to unwrap under the Christmas tree, whenever possible a much longed for volume that could be read and cherished... perhaps even Christmas Day.

I have always had a small-ish library of favorite volumes, even before my daughter was born.  Then as she grew older and later after my son was born (who desired his own boy-ish stories), I came to realize how important it was for them to own their own books.

The rest of the story can be found.... HERE!   :)

I have always had a small-ish library of favorite volumes, even before my daughter was born. Then as she grew older and later after my son was born (who desired his own boy-ish stories), I came to realize how important it was for them to own their own books.
There is something that brings the written word to greater value when your name is on the flyleaf and you know there is not a date stamped for which it must be returned.
As a young bride, I read books by women I admired and most of them said they found it invaluable to have a bookshelf wholly dedicated to books about homemaking, mothering, marriage, and living life as a Christian woman.
- See more at: http://www.itakejoy.com/establishing-a-home-library/#sthash.O2EcPxoB.dpuf
I have always had a small-ish library of favorite volumes, even before my daughter was born. Then as she grew older and later after my son was born (who desired his own boy-ish stories), I came to realize how important it was for them to own their own books.
There is something that brings the written word to greater value when your name is on the flyleaf and you know there is not a date stamped for which it must be returned.
As a young bride, I read books by women I admired and most of them said they found it invaluable to have a bookshelf wholly dedicated to books about homemaking, mothering, marriage, and living life as a Christian woman.
- See more at: http://www.itakejoy.com/establishing-a-home-library/#sthash.O2EcPxoB.dpuf
I have always had a small-ish library of favorite volumes, even before my daughter was born. Then as she grew older and later after my son was born (who desired his own boy-ish stories), I came to realize how important it was for them to own their own books.
There is something that brings the written word to greater value when your name is on the flyleaf and you know there is not a date stamped for which it must be returned.
As a young bride, I read books by women I admired and most of them said they found it invaluable to have a bookshelf wholly dedicated to books about homemaking, mothering, marriage, and living life as a Christian woman.
- See more at: http://www.itakejoy.com/establishing-a-home-library/#sthash.O2EcPxoB.dpuf
I have always had a small-ish library of favorite volumes, even before my daughter was born. Then as she grew older and later after my son was born (who desired his own boy-ish stories), I came to realize how important it was for them to own their own books.
There is something that brings the written word to greater value when your name is on the flyleaf and you know there is not a date stamped for which it must be returned.
As a young bride, I read books by women I admired and most of them said they found it invaluable to have a bookshelf wholly dedicated to books about homemaking, mothering, marriage, and living life as a Christian woman.
- See more at: http://www.itakejoy.com/establishing-a-home-library/#sthash.O2EcPxoB.dpuf

8 comments:

Karen Andreola said...

Thank you for sharing your love of books.

In several of the places we lived our house was situated a few blocks walking distance to the county library. Like you we attended the discard sales early and returned home with a stack. I still have Landmark Books in the house that we found tucked away in antique malls.

Books on cassette were taken advantage of, too. I like those read by the authors such as our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlotte's Web, Frog and Toad are Friends. One set of cassettes I've had transfered onto a CD so far, read by C.S. Lewis, is his Four Loves. We continued to listen to audio books in their high school years. Jane Austen's Emma made us chuckle during a long car ride (not read by the author of course).

Storybook Woods said...

I can attest to this. It is my mother, her love of books and her library in almost every room, that taught me to love books and now my girls. We are very lucky to have my mother. Clarice

Heather L. said...

That picture of your chair and bookshelf is SO inviting. I love it!!

Anonymous said...

When I was homeschooling we loved to go on "the hunt" for certain books. I kept a running list and my boys and I would go to library sales, used book stores, thrift stores, etc. this was before Amazon! It is nice to find books so easily now but I still love "real life" searching and digging. We have a bookshelf in every room and each time I say I need to get rid of some I just can't!
Thanks to Charlotte Mason and dear Karen- there is no "twaddle!"
Dee/MN

Melissa said...

Yes, the chair and bookshelves do look inviting. The blue of your chair, some blue tones in your artwork, and some blue books on your shelf...so pretty.

Anonymous said...

As you know many books have been revised over the years. For one reason or the other books have been changed to be politically correct or to show a different view or just to not include the whole story or text. Look for books that have not been revised and have their full original content. Look in the first few pages to see. Check out who wrote the history books to be sure also. Ask homeschoolers that are working to teach say the true history of our country for guide lines to good books. Cheryl at coopers wife.com has talked about all of this too. Go to her blog and look at the top and pull down the reading and books for past posts. She like you know Brenda, wants to have the good true basics of our history and such and not any of the revised ones many schools now teach. Many of the books have changed and It is harder to find some of the older good ones. Keep watching for them and they can be handed down through your family to the next generation as with time it may be harder to find many of these copies. I keep watching out for many at the used stores and library sales as you have talked about. I love your suggestion to mention you would love to see any books people want to give away. Amy, of Tight wad Gazette fame also mentioned to do the same and just get the word out when you are looking for any thing for your home and family. She has been amazed at the number of things she has gotten others were ready to throw away and were more than happy to give away. Thank you Brenda for bringing all of this to the front and helping to keep our bookshelves full !! :-) Sarah

Mrs.Rabe said...

Brenda,

I completely agree! The only room in the house without its own bookshelf or bookcase is the bathroom, though many a book has been read in there!

I agree with Karen that audio books are wonderful too! We love to listen to them on trips. I must check out the Jane Austen ones! Why has this never occurred to me?

Love when you talk about books and the love of books with us!

Deanna

Senkyoushi said...

“There is no such things as too many books, just too few bookcases” ~Loved this post. I love to read and am a book junkie. As a missionary, I have finally turned to kindle since it is an easy way to get and store books when living overseas. I still love bookshelves and hate the thought of parting with any of my books. It's hard to send books off with my kids since the airlines starting nickeling and diming us to death!! I can do without a lot of things, but books isn't one of them!