Later this week, we’re going book shopping! Yes, its that time of year again to purchase new books at a special sale put on by Scholastic. We are lucky enough to be able to go to these sales a few times each year and then in between, we purchase books from our favourite booksellers that travel around to local libraries, and we visit local bookstores for great deals as well. But these special shopping trips are usually lots of fun. Imagine a grocery cart stacked high with books. I swear, it is like Christmas, going up and down the aisles and throwing book after book into my cart. But it all benefits the library in the big scheme of things.
We are lucky enough at the Carleton Place Public Library to be able to buy lots of new books each year for our readers. Not only do we update copies of books that might have been lost or damaged, but we can select new authors, new titles and new genres to keep things fresh. So do we just buy randomly or is there a method to our madness? Both, actually.
Janet and I talk about this frequently. We both look through book catalogs that arrive in the library to learn about new selections being offered by our favourite suppliers, but we both also read book blogs to come up with great ideas. Sometimes, we’ll just spot a new author, or sometimes, the book blog will feature an author we already have who many have a new title coming out. It’s nice to be on top of things and ahead of the game.
It is also useful for us to be able to see the books when we purchase them. No matter how much a book is recommended, you can be greatly disappointed when something arrives and the font is strange or the pictures are not what you’d like young children to look at. Holding the book and being able to flip through it make choosing books for adults and children much easier.
Thinking about our book buy this week, I found a great site that detailed the Top 100 books for children as recommended by readers, which is a fabulous way to come across books. Thanks to the SurRural Librarian for the idea and follow up on this list, done by Elizabeth Bird who is a children’s librarian in New York City. The entire list is here and if you visit the books listed separately, you’ll see that she did an amazing job of finding out about each book, author and website. This is truly fascinating, even if you aren’t a big fan of children’s picture books.
And while you’re there, check out a few of the great book review blogs for chidlren’s books that the SurRural librarian recommends. They are now going on my list so that I’ll be on top of the books I want to buy in the fall!