With libraries ‘weeding’ books every 3-4 years based on their use in and out of the library, it came to mind that the best of the best of the minds of men are going to be in our libraries in the future. Or will they? And who makes that determination? If they are our public libraries, then is it just a select few that screen them or ‘weed them out based on their usage? It is all based on numbers actually. So the more the books that are checked out, the longer those books stay on the shelves. It’s as simple as that.
It makes a good game though to have ‘Friends of the Library’ sell older ‘weeded’ books only for others to buy them and sell them at record highs because they are now in demand from scarcity. Makes a good game, like I said.
I have my own personal library…and treasure certain authors. Of course, when I don’t have them, then I can go online and get them when I need or want them. So really, what’s the big deal?
Bottom line: If you have a favorite author or book in the public library, you might want to check the book out or pass that preference on to others so they can check it out, too, and often. Keep your favorite books alive in the library!
Featured Image courtesy of Mary Rensberry and Lou, Librarian, at the Oscoda County Library, Mio, Michigan