Librarians struggle to let go of lonely books

Part of Maloney’s job is to evaluate books on the sleeper list and decide whether they go to the bargain basement sale or get a second chance.

“It’s a really hard thing to get rid of a book,” Maloney said. “A big, big consideration for us is just space. Our juvenile fiction shelves are packed right now. There comes a time when you have to say ‘goodbye.”‘…. For the 800 hardcover juvenile fiction books on Maloney’s list, the odds aren’t good. Maloney estimates about 80 percent will wind up downstairs for bargain hunters. —Librarians struggle to let go of lonely books (AP/Mankatopa Free Press)

Ahh! I always thought libraries were like museums. Quick, run to the library you remember from your childhood… somebody, look in Patrick Henry library in Vienna, Va., or the Fairfax County Public Library… are those dog-eared copies of Lester Del Rey’s classic science fiction still there? What about Encyclopedia Brown, or the Henry Reed Detective Agency? Or the wonderful books about astronomy, that paint Jupiter with no rings and about 12 moons? Is there still a copy of Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, which I checked out on one of my first forays from the Juvenile section to the Adult stacks, and is the page still folded down in the section that describes “Typical Dreams”?

According to the article, “Sometimes, all it takes to save a book from being discarded is a single person’s desire to read it.”

Via Waterloo Library Blog.