February brings a large area book sale which, over the years, has swelled our home library with many favorites. I didn't scour the children's section as I have in years gone by, but I did find some nice additions and maybe a few that will only be read once and then passed along. It's always a gamble, but when I am paying a dollar or less per book, I can afford to be liberal.
When I delightedly found the hard cover edition of The Phantom Tollbooth, my 12 year old was incredulous that I was buying yet another copy of this book. "Don't we have like four copies at home already?" Yes, but this one is hardcover and look at the map drawings on the endpapers. And our paperback copies are in varying states of used. And you will each want one for your own libraries. See, completely justified and only a dollar.
|The Phantom Tollbooth map|
*Edited to add:
All the books get the same treatment every year. We wipe the covers down with disinfectant wipes, being careful to not rub too hard. If necessary, we peel old stickers and remove sticker residue with Goo Gone if possible. Then the books are scanned or manually added in to my Library Thing account. It's not a perfect database, but it gives me some idea of what books we have.