Living Books Library is a private lending library for Christian homeschool families in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. Though we have over 14,000 books for readers of all ages and interests, we specialize in out-of-print children's literature primarily published prior to 1970.
How LBL Began Ten years ago we belonged to a wonderful library in Traverse City, Michigan. Housed in a friend's basement were over 20,000 lovely books, books full of stories and information that made us even more curious learners. Most of the books were written before 1970, and were about nearly every topic under the sun. Eight years ago our family re-located to southwestern Virginia. One of the saddest things to leave behind was all those books! We had used Children's Preservation Library for all of our homeschooling needs. We read books for history, literature, science, art, music, math, and pleasure. The public library in our new town had very few of the delightful living books we had relied on. We began to collect as many of the old, out-of-print gems we loved as possible, scouring library sales, thrift stores, antique shops--anywhere we could find them! Soon our bookshelves were overflowing and we began to think that other homeschooling families in our area would like to share them, just as we had been privileged to do back in Michigan. God put many events into motion that led us to open our library doors to twelve families in the summer of 2006.
email@example.comHomeschool Librarians Conference Package We have produced a collection of 6 CDs and 2 DVDs from our 2012 Homeschool Librarians Conference, everything you need to know to begin your own homeschool lending library! Please see this post for more information and product details.
2012 Homeschool Librarians Conference Package includes six audio CD's and two DVD's
Session 1: A New Vision for Old Books
Session 2. Book Acquisition: Building a Homeschool Library
Session 3: Books Lost and Found: Organizing a Homeschool Library
Session 4: Book Hospital: Repairing and Preserving Books - DVD
Session 5: Conference Q&A with 4 Librarians
Session 6: Books Coming and Going: Running a Homeschool Library
Session 7: Bookkeeping: Financing a Homeschool Library
Bonus: Living Books Library: A Unique Place for Books - DVD
A Testimonial From One of Our Patrons:
"I have always loved to read. What really irks me though is picking up a book, and invariably, after a few pages or chapters you find that it....stinks. That would happen at the public library often enough. When I first joined Living Books Library I still used the public library because I was afraid to miss any good books. It took me awhile to realize it, but every book we loved came from Living Books Library. Every book we check out from you is inviting and wonderful to read. Those old tomes.....you can feel the many who have rubbed their covers touching them reverently. The words in them are ageless and they speak to you like a grandparent is telling the story.
“I feel like Living Books Library has helped me so much with our homeschool. If I didn't use the library I would be doing a less than adequate job of teaching my daughter, Grace. She has read more books in her young life than I have in my lifetime. I love it when I walk into a room and she is sitting there reading, and then excitedly relates it to me. Her vocabulary is amazing, and I know it is not because of "curriculum". In short, these books are the teachers. If not for your library, I would not be homeschooling Grace; at least not successfully. “I must add, though, a lot of my needs are met at your library, including, riveting conversation, camaraderie, hot debate topics, wonderful piano lessons and a few life skills, not to mention the unselfish love of your family. “Thanks for opening your library doors to us, we can never repay such a service. God bless all of you” Cathy Winters, charter member since 2006