I am a first year teacher looking for childrens' chapter books for my classroom, i have heard you sometimes sell old books. was wondering if you
I am teaching third grade in Millard.
Thanks for your question, and congratulations on your first year of teaching! I think we can offer you a couple of great possibilities.
The best book sale in town takes place at the W. Clarke Swanson Library at the southwest corner of 90th and Dodge. The Friends of Omaha Public Library hold a book sale every Thursday from 10AM-3PM and the first Saturday of each month from 10AM-3PM. The books available are a mix of donated materials and worn out or deselected library items, and there should be a great assortment of children's chapter books available, starting at $1 for most items with some available for .25 and .50. It's a wonderful and very cost-effective way to build a permanent collection for your classroom.
If you find yourself needing to supplement your holdings on a particular subject (WWI, inventors, etc.) or bring your class for a library visit, it may be worth setting up a classroom library card. The application procedures can be a little arcane, so I've pulled together a short guide here. This is a great way to get your students access to library materials while limiting your personal risk if an item gets misplaced or turned in late.
If you have reading groups in your classroom or would like to be able to bring in 20 copies of some great youth books for your class to read together, I'd also like to recommend our Book Club Bags. We've got a guide to searching and using them here. You can reserve a bag right away with your library card number and 4-digit PIN, but if you have questions about the book bag program feel free to call 402-444-4828.