What keeps you from making the best use of your local library? For me, it’s the likelihood of losing my sanity. :)

On this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, Jamie Martin- editor of Simple Homeschool and blogger at Steady Mom– shares a perspective that we can use the library in any way that fits our family right now, in the season we’re in.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • some strategies she’s used for using the library without getting overwhelmed
  • how she’s formed a relationship between her kids and her local librarians
  • and about how the way we use the library can change and evolve over time

More free resources and booklists

Get the best episodes and reources
from the Read-Aloud Revival

Powered by ConvertKit

Books from this episode:

(All links are Amazon affiliate links.)

Episode 11
Little House (9 Volume Set)

Little House (9 Volume Set)

The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.

More info →
Buy from Amazon
ROAD STORY
Pollyanna (Sterling Unabridged Classics)

Pollyanna (Sterling Unabridged Classics)

Author:
Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: Chatty, idealistic Pollyanna can always find something to be glad about. Even when the newly orphaned girl has to live with her cold, unloving Aunt Polly, she remains full of hope and joy. But then a horrible accident leaves her crippled—and it may finally be too much for Pollyanna to bear. Will a...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman (Picture Book Biography)

A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman (Picture Book Biography)

**Description from Amazon: Harriet Tubman was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1820. A rebellious child, she did not always do as she was told. She hated being a slave and escaped to the north on the Underground Railroad in 1849. During the next ten years, she used the money she earned at odd jobs to return to th...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
The Phases of Learning

The Phases of Learning

**Description from Amazon: The Next Step in TJEd. Often cited by the DeMilles as their favorite work to date, this inspirational manual picks up where the primer/overview work, A Thomas Jefferson Education leaves off. It develops in depth not only the philosophy but also the nuts-and-bolts application of each individual Phase...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

**Description from Amazon: An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s powerful message of faith and inspiration.In this phenomenal bestseller, “written ...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
The First Four Years: Little House, Book 9

The First Four Years: Little House, Book 9

**Description from Amazon: Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face ...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
The Secrets of Vesuvius (The Roman Mysteries)

The Secrets of Vesuvius (The Roman Mysteries)

**Description from Amazon: It's the summer of AD 79 and Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, set sail for the Bay of Naples where they are going to stay with Flavia's uncle near Pompeii. Once they arrive, they are soon absorbed in a quest to solve a riddle that may lead to treasure. But then tragedy strik...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
The Assassins of Rome (The Roman Mysteries)

The Assassins of Rome (The Roman Mysteries)

**Description from Amazon: Jonathan goes on a secret quest to Rome, and Flavia, Nubia and Lupus set out to find him. Their dangerous mission takes them to the Golden House of Nero where a deadly assassin is rumoured to be at work - and they learn what happened to Jonathan's family during the terrible destruction of Jerusalem ...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
The Pirates of Pompeii (The Roman Mysteries)

The Pirates of Pompeii (The Roman Mysteries)

**Description from Amazon: It is AD 79 and Mount Vesuvius has erupted, destroying Pompeii. Among the thousands of people huddled in refugee camps along the bay of Naples are Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan the Jewish boy, Nubia the African slave-girl, and Lupus the mute beggar boy. When the friends discover that child...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
The Thieves of Ostia (The Roman Mysteries)

The Thieves of Ostia (The Roman Mysteries)

**Description from Amazon: The first in Caroline Lawrence's internationally bestselling Roman Mysteries series, re-issued with a fantastic new cover look. Flavia Gemina is a natural at solving mysteries. The daughter of a ship's captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD79, she and her three friends, Jonathan, a Jewish ...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
Little House in the Big Woods: Little House, Book 1

Little House in the Big Woods: Little House, Book 1

The book that started it all! Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, which is based on her life growing up as an American pioneer. Told from four-year-old Laura's point of view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the e...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
Farmer Boy: Little House, Book 2

Farmer Boy: Little House, Book 2

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the Western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the ri...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
Little House on the Prairie: Little House, Book 3

Little House on the Prairie: Little House, Book 3

The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowin...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
On the Banks of Plum Creek: Little House, Book 4

On the Banks of Plum Creek: Little House, Book 4

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. Here they settle in a little house made of sod beside the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds a wonderful new little house with real glass...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
By the Shores of Silver Lake, Book 5

By the Shores of Silver Lake, Book 5

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they move from their little house on the banks of Plum Creek to the wilderness of the unsettled Dakota Territory. Here Pa works on the new railroad until he finds a homestead claim that is perfect for their new little house. Laura takes her ...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
The Long Winter: Little House, Book 6

The Long Winter: Little House, Book 6

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost n...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
Little Town on the Prairie: Little House, Book 7

Little Town on the Prairie: Little House, Book 7

The little settlement that weathered the long, hard winter of 1880-81 is now a growing town. Laura is growing up, and she goes to her first evening social. Mary is at last able to go to a college for the blind. Best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to walk home from church with Laura. And Laur...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
These Happy Golden Years: Little House, Book 8

These Happy Golden Years: Little House, Book 8

Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty 12 miles from home. She is very homesick but keeps at it so that she can help pay for her sister Mary's tuition at the college for the blind. During school vacations Laura has fun with her singin...

More info →
Buy from Amazon

Links from this episode:

Jamie’s Books (I’ve read and enjoyed all of them!)

Episode 11 Jamie
Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time

**Description from Amazon: Featuring a carefully curated reading treasury of the best children's literature for each area of the globe, as well as practical parenting suggestions and inspiration, Give Your Child the World helps moms and dads raise insightful, compassionate kids who fall in love with the world and are prepared...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood

Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood

**Description from Amazon: You can apply the same techniques of efficiency, intention, and purpose that you've used in other careers to your most important position in life-motherhood. Steady Days takes you through the process of becoming a professional mother: one who is organized and excited to spend time with your young ch...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy

Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy

Author:
Series: Episodes, 127
Tag: Episode 127

**Description from Amazon: Motherhood is beautiful; motherhood is hard. All moms understand this paradoxical truth. Yet introverted mothers face unique challenges. When our quiet nature collides with our often loud role, frustration and guilt result. We wonder why motherhood feels at odds with our personality, and in our dark...

More info →
Buy from Amazon
Secrets of a Successful Homeschool Mom: A Manifesto of Freedom and Joy in Home Learning

Secrets of a Successful Homeschool Mom: A Manifesto of Freedom and Joy in Home Learning

Most of us have at least a few insecurities hidden inside about whether or not we can actually do this homeschooling thing. Often we are our own biggest obstacle. It makes sense that we would feel this way--after all, we’ve been taught that education is complicated. Taught that even when governmen...

More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days

Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days

How would you like to find yourself thinking and feeling differentlyabout your family, your self, and your future in just 30 days? We create our own paradise or prison by the thoughts we nurture and cultivateeach and every moment. Using the simple techniques in Mindset for Moms,you can discover how ...

More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide: Joyful Motherhood on Your Own Terms

The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide: Joyful Motherhood on Your Own Terms

Freedom within a country is vital to the health and well-being of its residents—so is freedom as a mother. It allows you to shake off the mental and emotional limitations that hold you back. Freedom enables you to come into your own, to rise to your best self. It helps you become a better mother, ...

More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle