October 2018 Monthly Newsletter

October 15, 2018

The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s October 2018 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here.

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

October and November are always a busy behind-the-scenes time of the year. This year is no exception, but I still want to reach out to everyone with our third monthly newsletter.

History of Thanksgiving Unit Study update

Our History of Thanksgiving unit study was one of the first stand-alone unit studies I wrote, vintage 2013. Somewhere along the way, we lost the original Word document, and just had the “for download” PDF version. It was our only product that would be an issue if we needed to update anything, but it ended up being fine for quite some time.

Since we have been updating all of our products, both in layout and content, The History of Thanksgiving unit study has finally been retyped, updated and expanded! If you still have download attempts on your original purchase e-mail, you can download the update from there (or you can contact us for a refresh). If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, now is the perfect time to grab it. Just in time for this year’s holiday season!

“The Gilded Age” Family Reading Crate

Our Family Reading Crate monthly subscription-style box offering this month is titled “The Gilded Age” for November 2018.

I’m including four books in our late 19th century America, historical-fiction themed box – a picture book for younger children, a middle-grade family read aloud, a book for older readers, and a book for you, the parent! These books are handpicked by me so that you are all reading quality literature.

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. I have to say, these books have been some of my favorite historical fiction – you don’t want to miss out. We’ll be packing and shipping the November boxes very soon, so order yours today!

Level 4 update is complete!

As you know, I have been slowly updating all of our full year levels to replace out of print books and I am pleased to announce that Level 4 has been updated. I have replaced the art to carry over from Levels 2 and 3, as well as replace the 10 Inventors book that had gone out of print. As always, if you still have download attempts on your original purchase e-mail, you can download the update from there (or you can contact us for a refresh).

CT Speaking Engagement

I will be doing a speaking engagement/mini BYL con at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in CT, on Friday November 2, 2018, from 4 PM to 7:30 PM. My talk will be “The Literary Lifestyle – Charlotte Mason in the 21st Century” at 5 PM, and I will have my vendor booth set up before and after for a meet and greet, as well as shopping, and A Literary Education book signing.

Also, looking ahead, Build Your Library will be at the 2019 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, VA.

Wrap Up

I hope your school year is off to a wonderful start! If you are looking for inspiration as you head into the holiday season, 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!


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