At the LibraryWeeding the Garden
We have recently been doing a lot of weeding at the library. Weeding is when we remove books from the collection that are not being checked out. In this case we have been looking at books that have not circulated in the past five years.
Since I oversee the juvenile collection I have been weeding the fiction chapter books for kids. Weeding is always difficult for library staff because we enjoy books so much. But I have been surprised at how personal some of these decisions can become. I have found myself taking many of my memories off the shelf. Most of the classics (like Dickens and Mark Twain) remain as do many of the books which have won awards over the years. The difficult choices are the books that are classics for me because I read and reread them so often as a child, books by Beverly Cleary, Mary Norton, Lloyd Alexander and others.
Weeding, however, is an important process in the life of the library. Even with the expanded space of our beautiful new building, the shelves continue to fill with new books ready to make memories for new generations. Without weeding we could not add these quality titles. Weeding also forces us to acknowledge that some books just do not age well which is perhaps more relevant for books in the juvenile section.
Besides, it is the weeded books which provide the resources for our annual book sale. This year’s sale should prove quite the cornucopia for our loyal patrons.
The following new materials are available:
Gifts & Memorials
Hit Me by Lawrence Block, The Third Bullet (large print) by Stephen Hunter, and Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman given in memory of T. J. Berdo by his family and friends
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy, Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda E. Brunstetter, The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble, Rosa's Land by Gilbert Morris, Summer Breeze (large print) by Nancy Thayer, The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson given in memory of Carolyn Graber by her Washington County Public Health co-workers
The Power Trip by Jackie Collins, Bodily Harm by Robert Dugoni, Something Wicked by Lisa Jackson, Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway
The First Muslim by Lesley Hazleton, Hitmaker by Tommy Mottola
Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges, What a Way to Go by Adele Q. Brown, Flight of Passage by Rinker Buck, Obsessivie-Compulsive Disorder for Dummies by Charles H. Elliott, The Beauty Experiment by Phoebe Baker Hyde, Style Me Pretty Weddings by Abby Larson, Mightier Than the Sword by David S. Reynolds, Betty Goes Vegan by Annie & Dan Shannon, The Aftershock Investor by David Wiedemer, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, Choosing Happiness by Stephanie Dovick, Rogue Star by Michael Flynn, Prince Charming by Julie Garwood, Night Sins by Tami Hoag, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, Lincoln Letter by William Martin, Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monniger, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling