Living Learning Libraries
Why a special living books library for our children? And, what exactly is a living book?
Imagine a book so life-filled that it "captures attention, secures interest," and "arouses something noble in the heart of the child, without any effort on the part of the teacher or the taught." Sound like what you want your kids to read?
Now, imagine thousands of such books--a vivid shared experience at the heart of deep learning, personal character, and family memories--and you have a living books library, such as we first founded (back in 1995) in Traverse City, Michigan. We have another such thriving library (a 501c3) right here in Florida's Palm Beach/Martin area. These libraries are unique, for they offer the now-scarce book gems from the "Golden Age of Children's Literature" (1930s-1960s), books characterized by a lyrical narrative quality and wondrous art which differs from the style in common use now. This retro uniqueness is still beloved by youths (Gr. PreK-12) today, because of its vivid way of inspiring and engaging young hearts--in all the academic spheres--beginning at surprisingly early ages....and even for the most initially reluctant readers! Thus, folks around the nation wish for these vanishing treasures...and here is a library full of them...unearthed, rescued, and ready just for you! TO JOIN/BORROW BOOKS FROM THE NEW PALM/MARTIN, FL, LIBRARY, CLICK HERE!
I can't believe I ever hesitated for a moment about joining! --Lisa, FL
If you are making careful decisions about your kids' education, please consider the reading materials so equally crucial to the development of their hearts and minds. They should be truly rich in content and inspired in their view of the child as a learner. Their books should be living!
As mentioned, these living books, now rare, were common in the "Golden Age of Youth Literature." Truly top-notch authors and outstanding artists then created rich book-gems on creamy paper and with generous, peaceful spacing. They were treasures! So, they shaped earlier generations with character, meaningfulness, content, and depth -- easily vivifying all branches of academic knowledge, and inspiring heroism, patriotism, wonder, and creativity. As one Florida father commented, "Something is different about these books. They have fired my son like nothing else!" Or, as a Florida mother said, "I recognize excellence!"
So, join us!
Our Palm Beach/Martin County, Florida library (Jupiter) is open and lending! Click here to join and begin borrowing! Already, we are open three days a week (to 7pm). Members and interested parties are welcome to visit!
We have kept the membership dues well below actual cost, to make membership possible for maximal families. Plus, your dues are tax-deductible because we are a 501(c)(3). We are also prayerfully seeking donors and donated space.
Not only will your membership provide thousands of top-notch resources for your learners, but will also save you the high cost and heavy effort of trying to unearth and purchase the best living books for each subject yourself. Moreover, you will also benefit from Michelle's 25+ years of expertise in book selection for each topic, learning style, age, gender, and need...as well as her embedded insight on the educational journey of your family. (Michelle has been a "living books" librarian for 22+ years, plus a personal home education consultant, magazine writer, columnist, speaker, and award-winning curriculum writer.)
With membership, you have access to these thousands of expensive, rare living books (on every academic topic, plus picture-books, fiction, etc.) for less than the cost of a few, new books printed overseas! Seeing is believing--not just the library, but also the surprising impact of these books in engaging your students in learning and virtue. Feel free to preview during our open hours, or by appointment!
We are also considering two other Living Learning Libraries in Pittsburgh, PA, Raleigh, NC. Join our Facebook page, Instagram, or email list to be notified in these areas.