I am not real organized about a lot of things. But I can rise above my laziness when it means saving money.
I don't like to pay library fines and I don't like to spend money buying books, so I return on time. And I am kind and I do rewind.
Actually our VCR is broken, so no more rewinding for me.
Anyway, we go to the library every three weeks and check out somewhere between 39 and 46 items. The older boys each get to pick out 2 DVDs and then we just start loading up the back of the stroller with books.
Is it geeky that I have a system?
We go to a small library, so this is what I do:
1) go to the nonfiction kids section and get books on rubber, geography, polar bears or whatever else strikes my fancy.
2) go to designated fiction row and pick out books. note: I am on aisle 3 now. Basically I pick a aisle and only check out books from that aisle for about 6 months. Then I move to the next one.
3) go to the easy readers/series aisle and load up on a few favorites.
4) When the back of the stroller is full, we are done
5) weed out a few Dora/Diegos as I check out
6) When we get to the van I transfer everything to a crate that stays in the living room. I take the list generated from the library and put it in a designated spot. Then I mark the due date on the calendar.
3 weeks later I call the family together and I read the book roll call and everyone helps me find them all. It is like a big treasure hunt. Only not so big, because they do a pretty good job of keeping them in the living room.
But yesterday I missed one that should have been weeded out at checkout.
Dora the Explorer plus
Talking Clam plus
Heroic but incompetent Mermaids plus
Mean Octopus who throws garbage plus
Sea Shell bridge plus
The worst children's book I have ever read.
From this point on I will not even call it a book.
It will now be referred to as propaganda.
Or maybe garbage.