January 2020 Monthly Newsletter

January 2, 2020

The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s January 2020 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 01/02/20 8:00 AM EST]

Hey everybody, it’s Emily from Build Your Library! If you are just going to skim the beginning, here are the main topics in this month’s newsletter:

Now that I have your attention, here are the details on those items and more.

Monthly Newsletter

Happy New Year! Hopefully your house is winding down and recovering from a wonderful holiday season. We have some new information to share as well as some reoccurring monthly reminders.

“Read Aloud Book Club” Pack

We’d like to announce our new “Read Aloud Book Club” subscription pack is now available! If you loved our Family Reading Crates, I think you will love the Read Aloud Book Club too! We have updated our RABC FAQ and will continue to share information as this new project rolls out. The January theme is “Birds of a Feather” and the book is so adorable. It’s a perfect read aloud for the whole family!

January Bookish Holidays

January marks Charlotte Mason’s birthday (Jan 1, 1842), as well as several notable authors. Isaac Asimov / National Science Fiction Day (Jan 2, 1920),  J. R. R. Tolkien (Jan 3, 1892), A. A. Milne (Jan 18, 1882), and Edgar Allan Poe (Jan 19, 1809) all celebrate birthday’s this month.

The fourth Wednesday in January (Jan 24) is Library Shelfie Day, so snap a picture of yourself at your local library!

We also have a couple of Harry Potter character birthdays with Severus Snape (Jan 9), Gilderoy Lockhart (Jan 26) and Lily Potter (Jan 30).

Last Plug for the 2020 BYL Reading Challenge

Are you looking for a fun reading challenge for the whole family? Well look no further! We had so much fun this past year with the 2019 BYL Reading Challenge, we created a new list of 40 reading prompts to help you and your children stretch your reading muscles in 2020. Head over to our blog and download your checklist today!

Build Your Library on Tour 2020

Unfortunately, we are not currently planning on making any long road trips this year. We will probably try to make a couple local “day-trip distance” appearances, but nothing is penciled in on our calendar as this time.

“Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Streams

We hope you all enjoyed last year’s “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Streams. If you missed any of them, you can find a recording on our Facebook or on our past events page. We have discussed Getting Started with Build Your Library (e.1), Reading Through History (e.2), The Art of Reading Aloud (e.3), Back to (Home) School (e.4), Morning Baskets (e.5), and Reading Goals and Favorite Books of 2019 (e.6).

Our next episode is scheduled for the beginning of February. (Probably February 7th, but more details will follow)

At the beginning of the livestream, I will give a brief overview of the topic and then open the floor to any questions you may have. If you have any questions you want to make sure we cover, you can submit them via our Contact Us page prior to the event, so we don’t miss it in the scroll. This is a Facebook Live event, so you will just need to click through on Facebook to watch it live.

Every other month, I host a 30-60 minute Build Your Library homeschooling chat. You can ask questions about homeschooling, using Build Your Library curriculum, book recommendations, etc. We will announce the date ahead of time, and you will be able to submit questions you would like to cover. Additionally, you can also ask questions during the interactive live stream. Grab a mug of tea (or coffee) and cozy up with our virtual hangout!

Build Your Library Support

Are you looking for help or advice on your homeschooling journey? We have compiled all of our helpful resources into one blog post for you. From the many BYL related Facebook groups to my book A Literary Education, there is a treasure trove of information and helpful parents out there to help guide you along your homeschooling adventure. If you have any questions, just ask!

BYL Social Media Shout Out

We always have our Social Media “chicklets” at the bottom of our newsletters and webpage, but we wanted to make sure you are following us on our other platforms. The Build Your Library Facebook is our go-to social media site, and we post there frequently with cool Amazon products and book recommendations we think you would like, as well as all of our Family Reading Crate announcements, blog posts, full year and unit study product releases and updates, and more.

Our Build Your Library Instagram page regularly posts pictures and insider info about what I’m currently working on or what I’m doing with my kids.

Although not 100% exclusively Build Your Library related, our Arrrgh Schooling YouTube channel has videos about books and homeschooling – but let’s be honest – it’s mostly books. If you want to see what I’m reading, join my Arrrgh Booked Book Club, or just want ideas for books to read (either for you for your children) you are sure to find something useful! We also have a BYL Twitter feed where I share links and information about BYL and homeschooling. Or you can stay subscribed to our email list and browse our monthly newsletters.

Wrap Up

I hope your school year is merrily rolling along! If you are looking for inspiration during the holiday season, here are some articles you might find helpful:

We have well over 100 blog posts on various homeschooling and book-related topics if you want to browse for more.

I think that is about all for this month. Again, please follow us on whatever social media you frequent, there will be periodic updates posted there as well, but we will try to keep everyone in the know where ever you are surfing!

Thanks and Happy Reading! Emily

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