Since I am still fairly new to this homeschooling thing, I was amazed to find out you can get on-line, pick out your needed library books for the next unit (up to 50 books), and the library staff will pick them all out and have them waiting for you at the front desk upon your next library visit.
I am wondering if the library staff secretly hates this kind of work, resenting those annoying people who request a ga-gillion books that *they* have to pull?! Yet for those mommas who have many little ones, it is a life-saver not to have to take in fussy babies and rambuncious (sp?) toddlers into the library for any extended period of time.
I still try to find time to take just my older ones for "pleasure" visits to the library - you know, to pick out some new leisure reading material, to make up the current craft in the children's room, even make up their own puppet show with the library's resources. It's a nice visit.
Yet I'm awful grateful for not having to spend hours finding our many school books. What a blessing!!