BookNet Canada has released a fun infographic detailing book sales in Canada in 2015. I must say, I was a little surprised about the statistic on non-fiction books, even though adult colouring is a pretty big thing right now. What does this say about us right now, though?
Our teens will be dropping great YA books around town today. You might find one outside of a store, on a park bench, or in a parking lot. They’ll have special “FREE BOOK” bookmarks sticking out of the top, so keep an eye out. Find a book, read it, or pass it on to someone you know who might like it. The books are meant to be kept…not returned to the library…and shared.
We’re Rocking the Drop!
Did you know we use Better World Books as a way of discarding some of our used books and donations? It’s a fabulous service that offers FREE shipping, and our books go to libraries and literacy projects that need them.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
While we’d love to be able to keep all of our books, eventually, some books stop going off the shelves, or lose their appeal to readers. Similarly, when people donate their used books to the library, if we already have copies and can’t use the books for our sale table, we’ll donate these as well. All we have to do is contact Better World Books when we have several boxes of books packaged up, and they’ll take care of the rest. They pick up our boxes for free, and use the books to benefit literacy programs, other libraries, and help us to keep recycling great books.
THIS SOUNDS EASY.
It is…and it isn’t. It takes us a lot of staffing hours to discard older books, and work through a big backlog of donations. (Did you know that we can often get hundreds of books donated each week? That’s a lot of staff time to go through selections, and a lot of space to keep the books people bring in. That’s why we’re on a book donation hold right now.)
Then, a staff member has to organize the books to make sure they are on the “desired” list for Better World Books. That doesn’t mean specific titles, but rather, specific types of books and topics that they know they need. Once they have been sorted, the books have to be packaged into boxes and stored until the shipping date.
WHY DON’T YOU KEEP ALL OF YOUR OLD BOOKS? OR WHY NOT SELL THEM YOURSELVES?
We keep as many books for our library as we can. That means doing regular inventory or weeding to see what is being used, and what might need some TLC (spine repair, etc.). If a book is on a topic we feel we might need in the future, even if it isn’t a well-circulated book, we’ll keep it in our catalog and on the shelves. But as we must add new books to the collection every year, and our library space can’t expand, it means we must discard older books, or ones that have not circulated much in the past five years.
It would be great to be able to sell everything donated or discarded ourselves, but we have limited space on our sale table. And let’s face it, not everything will sell. That book about endangered fish in South America? While it might have been great for projects a number of years ago, there are not many people in Carleton Place walking in off the street in search of just such a book. We must use our space in the library just as wisely as you use your space at home...which is why we know so many of you like to donate your used books. So, we’re forced to make decisions about what books we’ll keep to sell, what books we’ll send to Better World Books, and what books might have to be discarded permanently. It’s a tough decision, but one that most libraries face at some point.
SO WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH ALL OF OUR OLD BOOKS?
If you live in the US, Better World Books has drop-off boxes where YOU can donate your used books in good condition. If you have a large number of books to donate, they have a special contact to make arrangements. In Canada, you’ll need to contact them as well, but they make the process easy. Just go to the site, and click on “donate”.
There are often many local options as well: used book stores, thrift shops, some schools, and community projects that will take used books in good condition. Contact them first before dropping off a stack of books, though. Every place has their own requirements.
We have some great new options for patrons looking for eBooks and Audiobooks in French! Mabiblionumerique is our newest e-Resource, completely accessible through our main library website. All you need is a library card, set your login, and you’re ready to go!
There are plenty of great options, from Quebecois authors, to non-fiction, to translations of popular titles for both adults and children. And if you’re not fluent, but looking for some options to get you started, the website is also offered in an English interface to make it easy. Drop by our library website, and choose ONLINE RESOURCES, then LANGUAGE LEARNING, and then Mabiblionumerique….or simply click the link here to go directly to the login page.
You’ll have to download a small program to use the interface, but it’s easy to use, and you can take out a number of books at one time and read to your heart’s content.
Voila! This is a wonderful way to supplement your French reading!
If you follow “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, you’ll likely have hear about her Lenny Letter website. You can subscribe to get your Lenny Letter in your inbox twice a week, filled with meaningful essays, quotes, and more from celebrities, great thinkers, and usually, the cool people. In this month’s Lenny Letter, there was a heartfelt essay by author Jessica Knoll regarding her book LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, and the most talked about scene in the book—a gang rape.
If it sounds like this isn’t for the faint of heart, you’re probably right. And even Knoll would have told you it was “just fiction” not too long ago. But in her Lenny Letter, she reveals that this scene was written from personal experience, something she couldn’t even admit to herself for many years. The resulting “shaming” she endured from those who said she was at fault, kept her from opening up about it….until now.
While this book is being talked about all over the web, it is not only for the truth in it, but that it deals with a difficult subject in such a frank manner. We have a copy here at the library, so place it on hold….it’s going to be a popular read.
We’re thrilled to be able to announce that Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will be doing a book talk at the Carleton Place Public Library on Thursday, April 14th at 7pm. She’ll be discussing her debut novel, MATRONS AND MADAMS, and answering questions afterward. It is bound to be a fascinating evening!
Spaces are limited, so please register early for this wonderful event at 257-2702, or drop by the library to sign up.
Last week, Stephen King announced a smallish book tour for 2016 to promote his new book END OF WATCH. We think he could just take a quick detour after his first date to swing on by Carleton Place for a quick chat with fans (and librarians!), before hopping off to his next gig. He could at least think about it…..
Here are the tour dates, if you happen to be otherwise interested…more details to come:
June 7 Jersey City, NJ
June 8 Sewickley, PA
June 9 Dayton, OH
June 10 Charleston, WV
June 11 Nashville, TN
June 12 Louisville, KY
June 13 Iowa City, IA
June 14 Omaha, NE
June 15 Tulsa, OK
June 16 Albuquerque, NM
June 17 Salt Lake City, UT
June 18 Reno, NV