March 2019 Monthly Newsletter

March 10, 2019

The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s March 2019 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 03/11/19 6:00 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 and a couple other bits of information.

Monthly Newsletter

March is shaping up to be a pretty busy month for us!  As we stated before, our newsletter has about a 30% open rate, which is pretty good for email, but we don’t know how often it is different readers see some of the information for the first time. So we apologize if part of this is a rehash, but even if we recycle a topic, we try to add new information to it. 🙂

April 2019 “Books at Sea” Family Reading Crate

This month’s subscription-style box offering is titled “Books at Sea,” which includes a picture book for younger children, a middle-grade family read aloud, a book for older readers, and a book for you, the parent! As you can probably guess by the theme, these books all have something to do with the ocean and historical fiction adventures at sea!

As always, every crate will include a booklet with discussion questions and rabbit trail ideas, as well as a link to a page on our site with additional links, booklists, movies and documentaries, and printable activities to go along with the books. We sold out of the last four month’s crates, so don’t wait too long if you want this one. We’ll be packing and shipping the April 2019 boxes very soon, so order yours today!

If you are on the fence ordering your first crate, you an check out unboxing videos for all previous 15 offerings to get a general idea on the crate page… but  “Subscription Boxes are pretty much the only way you can buy yourself a gift and be surprised when you open the box!” so we don’t give out too many specific details ahead of time.

All remaining 2018 crates are on sale for $25.00.

Build Your Library on Tour 2019

We will be at the VAHomeschoolers Conference in two weeks, on March 22 – 23. If you are anywhere near or within travel distance to Williamsburg, VA, we would love to see you in person!

Please note: During the convention and on the travel days before and after, all digital orders will continue to be available with instant e-mail delivery from our website. But any back-date Family Reading Crates ordered will not ship until we get back on March 25th. Also any questions or customer service issues will still be answered, just possibly not quite as fast as usual. 🙂

We will keep everyone updated if any more events are scheduled. We are actively looking into a couple other potential appearances.

“Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Streams

We hope you all enjoyed our new BYL “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Stream a couple weeks back. If you missed the February Live Stream discussion on “Getting Started with Build Your Library,” you can find a recording on our Facebook page.

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 some questions you would like to cover. You can also ask questions during the interactive live stream. Grab a mug of tea (or coffee) and cozy up with our virtual hangout! Our next one will be during the first week of April.

Build Your Library Support

Are you looking for help or advice in your homeschooling journey? We have compiled all of our helpful resources into one blog post for you. From 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.

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Family Reading Crate Vlog

I posted this on Facebook last month, but forgot to include it in the newsletter in case you missed it.

Have you ever wondered how a Family Reading Crate comes to be? I worked on this vlog for a full month, bringing you along on the journey of designing a Build Your Library Family Reading Crate. But mostly, it’s me, without any make-up, panicking over book selection. But it was a pretty fun video to put together giving you a  behind the scenes look at how we make these boxes happen every month from our home to yours.

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 unboxing videos for the Family Reading Crates 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.

Wrap Up

I hope your school year is rolling along nicely! If you are looking for inspiration this month, here are some articles you might find helpful:

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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