Thursday, January 3, 2013

Out with the old, in with the new!

I've been busy weeding my library's picture books since mid-December. Here's some progress shots:

Before:

Who wants to look at me? No one because you can't even pull out books!

So close, too close!
After:

It may not seem like much but let me assure you, there is display space & I can pull out books again!

Clean! Attractive! Browsable shelves!
It's still a work in progress as I am re-ordering some titles and in terms of weeding, I've only just finished Karen Katz so I still have much of the alphabet left. I am being brutal though. We have good circulation but if a book is shabby or hasn't moved in a year, it's gone. My library just doesn't have the space right now to house these picture books. 

I am being cautious about keeping Caldecott Medal winners and some honor books (recent ones in particular) so having access to ALSC's website and Caldecott list is invaluable. YALSA needs to take a hint. I know this is going to reinvigorate my shelves and get parents and caregivers and general readers back to discovering some great picture book treasures in the stacks.

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