Classroom Funding Strategies

I’m going to be a first year teacher, so my veteran teachers any tips, advice or tricks on how to start building my classroom library without completely breaking my bank?

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I order the $1-3 books from scholastic each month. I also send the flyers home with my students so their parents can order. Another good idea is to check out yard sales and the market place on Facebook for people selling children books.

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I was able to buy a ton of books at local thrift stores for very little money. And the fact that they’ve obviously been read and loved is an added bonus.

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Check and see if you have a local used book store. I was about to pack a book shelf with 50 dollars. I also ordered a lot of the more Popular books on eBay and saved a bit

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Yard Sales too

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Grants

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Yard sales, goodwill, libraries, used bookstores, and ask other teachers. I got rid of a lot of books this last year and gave them to a new teacher.

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Ask parent for book donations. You can create a wish list from the Scholastic book orders or you can have them donate the books their kids are no longer reading at home. Also, at the beginning of each year Scholastic has bundle deals for building/adding to a classroom library

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I do a “book of the month club” with my kids. They pay me $10 up front and I order them a $1 Scholastic book each month. Because I can order when I like the selection, I can add onto orders and get a lot of bonus points. Try and push it a TON during September. If your class order is $300, you get like 10,000 bonus points and can order a TON! Also check your area for scholastic book warehouse sales. I like ThriftBooks.com if there is a specific book that I want, they are usually only $4 or so

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Garage sales are a great, and usually cheap, option.

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Garage sales and Good Will!

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There are some great tips posted in various conversations. Best ones are: www.firstbook.org, Facebook groups for donations, Next Door, freecycle, Amazon wishlist. Also web search how to get feee books in Indiana. Often states have grants and programs that are specific to where you live. In DC I got 500 books free one year. In NYC we have a book project every spring where I get like 200. Also, I may be clearing out books and offering a book swap. If interested, let me know!

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Garage sales & post on Facebook!

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I recommend Facebook sooooo much!

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Just finished my first year, highly agree with yard sales, books stores, and scholastic. I also got books from the library based on what I was teaching and wrote down titles if I really liked them so I could price them out and buy them later.

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Half Price Books will donate books to you just take your schools tax EIN # fill out the form and voilà you get free books! I built the majority of my library like this. It took me some time to go through the 10-15 boxes they gave me to find the obes specific for my grade level but free books, i’ll take it! Note your school needs to be a non-profit I believe. I work at a public charter that is a non-profit so thats how I got the free books. The Tax EIN# is public record so I don’t have to ask the school, just did a quick google search.

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Join a Facebook group for teachers in your area if you can. I’ve bought a bunch of books from teachers that way for way cheaper than buying them in store!

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Even just your neighborhood Facebook group. I have a teacher Facebook group as well. It’s teachers all over even though I’m in NYC. I’m going to be doing a Book exchange in August/September. Message me to learn more!

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Ask your community! I have noticed parents/neighbors on Facebook are always happy to donate items they have! Just ask for what you need in a community FB group. Also, the libraries at school tend to discard books multiple times throughout the year. I’ve picked up shelves of books from our school library that way.

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I went to a used book store to get started. They made me a good deal after finding out I was a teacher

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Goodwill!!

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Dolly Parton Book Club!

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Garage sales and thrift shops. Also remember, you don’t have to have a large classroom library on the first day. My first year I had 3 baskets!

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