Kids learn to value reading and develop stronger literacy skills in a home where books are important. You can lay a foundation for these values by creating a home library.
How to make a home library
Most importantly, a home library needs to be reader-friendly. Fill it with books you and your kids have chosen and want to read.
Don't have room for large bookcases? One or two shelves can be just as good as an entire wall full of books, if they are filled with books your family loves. Even if you live in a small apartment, put up shelves or a bookcase in a corner with a chair, or big pillows, and a picture that inspires reading.
Give everyone a shelf. Kids take pride in having their own shelf, or section that is all their own, in the family library. If you still have books you loved as a kid, display them. Your kids may or may not like the same books you did, but they will enjoy knowing what you liked at their age.
Where to get books
Although San Francisco is at the heart of technological advancement, this city has a rich literary history and loves its books. Fill your home library for very little money at booksellers like these:
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library operates two Readers Bookstores that carry a "staggering variety of books, media, prints, and collectibles, all at incredibly low prices." Check out the store at the Main library on Grove St. or at the one at Fort Mason Center. Bet you won't leave without a book!
Friends of the SFPL also holds their "Steps Sales" every Wednesday, April – October, 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM on the Main Library's Larkin St. Steps (100 Larkin St.)
Especially for kids
Green Apple Books on Clement St. has a cozy Kids' section and a great variety of books for the whole family. Be sure to check out Green Apple's new location, opening on August 1, 2014 on 9th Avenue, within walking distance of The Literacy & Language Center.
Treasure hunts for books
Books are everywhere if you look for them. We recently saw a Book Exchange kiosk at the San Francisco Airport! Keep watch for sales at your local school, church or temple, thrift stores, and book exchanges.
Building your home library this summer will repay your effort all year long!