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#31 of 33 Old 07-09-2010, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Rivka5 View Post
We built great relationships with our library's children's librarians just by going to the library all the time. They know my kids by name and are interested in their development.

A few things that I think are helpful for homeschoolers who are heavy library users:
- If you're going to need personalized service (for example, if you will need books from closed stacks), find out when the less-busy times are and go then. I would never go in with my request list right after story hour or on Saturday morning.
- If you have a list of requests, organize it. I put title, author, and call number and the librarians really appreciate it.
- Don't take out all the books on a topic. It's not so nice for anyone else who wants to read about that topic. Especially important for things like holiday studies.
This is super helpful too! I can easily make a list for the librarian and drop it off during a non-busy time and then check back later so she/he can look stuff up at their convenience. I am getting excited about using the library again!!! Thanks!
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I do a lot of online requests (our library is in a 12+ library network in two counties) since they have an online catalog. I also have a big stack of pink request slips for other random books they just don't have in the system. I fill out a batch at a time (I use an Amazon wishlist for this purpose), and just go in and drop off my request slips as needed.
Plus this way the books I want aren't lost on the shelf or anything - the librarians call me when something comes in or is pulled from the shelf so I just have to go in and wait in line for a second or a few minutes rather than wander the library - with or without all my little, not so quiet, shadows.

For a while there, the hippie looking librarian guy started recognizing me, but then kids started cramping my habits so to speak, so alas. He would always comment on what a great book that looked like or that he liked that particular gardening book and so on, it was neat. Apparently I gave several of them ideas over the years.

Also, the way my library works donations? They have a "friends of the library" sale closet out front. It's like $.50/book or a bag for $3 sometimes. They sell donated books to purchase other books for the collections. Of course, I've just donated boxes upon boxes of my mom's romance novels over the years (nice extra tax credit in my state!), so I'm not as attached to those as I might be other books.

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Originally Posted by reesecoli View Post
This is sooo helpful! I have 2 little little kids and going to the library to look for books is sometimes daunting - the card catalog is on computer and it is frankly difficult to navigate and it is impossible to keep an eye on my toddlers while I am doing this. At the same time I haven't wanted to just hand the librarian a list and say "do you have these?" But this is a great idea! Are you sure it isn't an imposition to leave a list for them to look up at their leisure?
I am positive! I've worked in a couple library systems and this was always welcomed. If the list was long, we might work on it 15-20 min at a time throughout the day (depending on how busy the day was). However, if the person were to need them all "right now", it would be frustrating because we rarely had 40 min to devote to just one patron. So, when you give the list--include your phone number and/or library card number so she can contact you when she is done.


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