May 2019 Monthly Newsletter

May 1, 2019

The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s May 2019 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 05/02/19 5:30 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.

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We have a bunch of things going on in May, please continue below for more information. Level 12 is rolling along, we hope to have more details in the coming months.

New Family Reading Crates on Hold

We will be taking the next few months off from offering new Family Reading Crates. Please see the above headline link for full details. We will announce when they are available again on our Facebook page and in an upcoming newsletter.

From feedback and consideration of our current model, we are expecting to offer bi-monthly or quarterly crates when we pick back up later this fall.

If you miss opening a Family Reading Crate and do not have all of the previous ones, check out the remaining inventory on older crates! We still have some recent May “Books in Space!” and April “Books at Sea” crates.

All remaining 2018 crates are on sale for $25.00.

May Bookish Holidays

Happy Harry Potter Day (May 2)! You didn’t miss Talk Like Shakespeare Day this past April 23rd, did you? May is full of book-related holidays too, most notably Free Comic Book Day: First Saturday (May 4, 2019) and the second week of May for Reading Is Fun Week (May 6-12, 2019). The entire month of May is dedicated to National Get Caught Reading Month and National Family Reading Month! While most of you do not need any extra encouragement to pick up some additional reading material – we have plenty of excuses for you here!

Request “A Literary Education” Book at your Public Library

Speaking of book holidays, the bookiversary of “A Literary Education” is coming up at the end of the month! In honor of this, we would like to ask all of you to request that your local public library purchase a copy and have our book put into their library inventory for their patrons to borrow! Click the link above for all of the details.

Build Your Library on Tour 2019

It was great to see everyone at the Voyagers’ Modern Homeschooling Conference in North Chelmsford, MA last month for their first convention. We are looking forward to making an appearance at their next one.

On May 18, 2019, we will have a vendor booth at the 23rd Annual Used Curriculum Sale & Expo sponsored by Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME). It will take place at the Augusta Armory, Augusta, ME on Saturday from 1-4pm. Admission to the entire event is FREE, so if you are in the area or within travel distance, we’d love to talk to you at our booth!

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

“Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Streams

We hope you all enjoyed our second “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Stream last month. If you missed our discussion on “Reading Through History,” you can find a recording on our Facebook or on the past events 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. 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! Our next one will be at the beginning of June.

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.

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. Or you can stay subscribed to our email list and browse our monthly newsletters.

Wrap Up

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

We have 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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