you go to a charity bookshop, if you cannot find the book or
the author that you are looking for, do ask the bookshop staff.
Many charity shops have boxes and boxes of books in the back
of the shop that they havent put out on the shelves yet
(usually because they have run out of space) but they may be
happy to let you browse through a box or two, or to look through
the boxes for you and show you a selection next time you are
in. Dont forget, some bookshops are kinder than others
you and your friends may like to run a survey on which
ones are the nicest and post that on your schools "Home
Library" notice board.
Trick 2 When
you go to a normal High Street bookshop, remember that the staff
there have access to computerised information about books and
writers, so if you cannot find the book you want, do ask them
to look it up for you. If you like, you can then order it.
Trick 3 Many
online bookshops such as BOL and Amazon sell new books for much
less than High Street bookshops. Do ask your parents before
going online, but dont nag them about buying new books.
Nobodys pockets are bottomless and parents have other
bills to pay.
Trick 4 Often
at jumble sales if you buy several books you can negotiate a
lower price. Try it! Good luck.
Trick 5 The
Home Library bookplates are great for covering up the name of
a previous owner of a second-hand book suddenly its
Trick 6 If
its raining outside and you cant think what to do,
you can download your favourite bookplates from the Home Library
website and stick them in all the books you havent yet
put a bookplate in. If when youve done that theres
still no one ready to take you book shopping or to the library,
why not colour in some of the bookplates? Or enter the Home
Trick 7 Keep
a list of all the books in your Home Library (you could do this
in a special book, or file or on the computer) with a very short
10 15 word summary and comment. It could come in very
useful for a future homework project.
Trick 8 Try
keeping a book on you for short bus or car journeys, (but remember,
many people feel queasy if they read too long in a car or bus)
train journeys and visits to the doctor or dentist. If the book
is small it will fit into a jacket or jeans pocket larger
ones, and youll have to take a rucksack! Poetry and short
stories are particularly good choices for this sort of "reading
on the move" because youre more likely to reach the
end of something uninterrupted.
Trick 9 Make
sure your next jacket has large pockets!
Trick 10 Enter
the Home Library competitions and maybe youll win lots
of free books!