About Reshelving Alexandria

The Library of Alexandria is arguably one of the most well-known libraries of antiquity. Created amidst a burgeoning hunger for knowledge, the Ptolemists went to great lengths to acquire and equip the library with the greatest books available in the known world. The destruction of the Library was an unimaginable loss for all mankind.

At the time of the Library's creation, they were seeking the knowledge of many cultures, and as much of the written word as possible. Today, our challenge is quite the opposite—we are drowning in so much of the printed word, that it is difficult to sift through the information and find the gems that are worthy of our bookshelves.

Reshelving Alexandria is a project designed to assist families in navigating the challenges of creating their own personal "Library of Alexandria" for their homes. Our goal is to diligently seek, discover, and share books that are true, honest, lovely, virtuous and of good report. In essence, we hope to become curators of the best books and resources the world has to offer—both ancient and modern. Our desire is to help each family build a legacy library that is unique to them and their journey. A gift now and for future generations.

Meet the Team

Tanya Lofthouse Arnold grew up loving books, and has made it a priority to inspire that same culture in her own home. She loves collecting books, reading books, book discussions, and discovering new book treasures. She often ponders on the joy that has come from "traveling in the realms of gold."

Sarah Kim lives in Northern California with her husband, son, and Mr Darcy (their distinguished black lab). Reading aloud to her story loving son is one of her favorite things to do. She loves re-reading childhood favorites and discovering new books.

Ambre Sautter is a wife, mother, sister, friend, reader. She was homeschooled herself and is currently homeschooling her kiddos in the Midwest with her husband, Erik. She learned to collect (hoard) books at a young age from her Dad. Being the delusional person that she is, she was shocked to discover what she assumed was her 750 book personal library was, in fact, closer to 8,000 volumes.

Johanna Bittle writes from a lifelong love of captivating story. Homeschooled through high school, she graduated from Hillsdale College having studied History and Classics. She shares her pursuit of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful with her half-dozen precocious children, whom she schools at home.

Liv Conroy lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and four daughters, whom she is homeschooling. She is passionate about used book sales, Korean dramas, and surrounding her family with truth, goodness and beauty.

Kaylynn Iverson is fairly new to book-loving, book-hunting, and even a love of book-reading. She is grateful to learn from some of the best. Her husband and three children are learning to love good books too, but are a little reluctant to give up their playroom, bedroom, and any other available space to “the books”.

Deanna Knoll was raised by book loving parents where bookshelves filled the house. In addition to homeschooling her two boys, she enjoys working part time as a pediatric physical therapist, leading worship music at her local church and camping, hiking, biking and canoeing the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two boys.

Lara McConnell Lleverino’s (La Rah Yea ver Reno) friends have been know to call her “the book whisper” because of her luck in finding rare books. She recently moved with her husband, three kids, cat, dog and library of over 4,000 books from north Texas to south Florida. Even the terrifying experience of driving two large moving trucks across the US won’t convince her to go digital!

Amanda Rossman was a reluctant reader whose dad bribed her with video game time and unlimited trips to the bookstore. Soon her love of reading consumed her waking hours and her father's pocketbook. Now, she homeschools her two daughters on her hobby farm with her husband, Matt.

Contributors

Murray Breen is Sarah's father. He worked as a graphic artist and designer/art director for 40 years. He painted the Reshelving Alexandria logo and artwork. You can view more of his artwork at murraybreen.com.

Sherry Early is a homeschooling mother of 8 children, author of Picture Book Preschool and the blog Semicolon. She is an avid reader of many genres and she runs a lending library from her home in Houston, TX.

Jennifer Halverson is a mother of 6, grandmother of 2, and enjoys reading, hanging out with bookish friends on Facebook, and Book Fairying. Not only is she one of the most kind and generous people we know, but she is also the owner of one of the largest and most lovely home libraries that we are aware of. She has granted us full access to her library, and that has been an immeasurable resource!

Cassie Harig fell in love with books at a young age and cemented that love in junior high as a library aide. She earned two degrees in education and was an elementary school teacher before deciding to homeschool her son. She can often be found with her nose in a book, thrifting for new book treasures, or sweet talking her husband into building more shelves.

Supporters

Jamie Boyce Arnold
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