Hi! Recently my church library did a big book purge because the church is getting ready to add on, remodel, and move. It was fun to be involved in the process! Along with that came the responsibility to go through the fiction and pare down to about 50%, partly due to our goal of being an up to date, fresh and “flowing” library. A youth pastor sorted through the nonfiction. In order to decide what stayed and what didn’t, we asked ourselves a couple of questions: 1) Is it a good book? 2) Will this book be used here? And then, I had couple of pet-peeves that helped to pare down our library a little further, such as purging overly saccharine romance and almost all of the AMISH fiction (of course!). I also took out series that took up lots of shelf space, and books that may be good books but realistically looked too dated for the average person to be interested in (like, handdrawn pioneers in 1980’s nighties… Yuck!). I to the stacks books that all the loyal library lovers at our church had already been through, figuring they were in need of some “fresh blood”.
So what did I choose to keep? I tried to keep a little of the popular authors (particularly more of their stand-alone novels, and newer works). I tried to bring more balance to the different genres. And (as was recommended to me), the ones I’d cry over if they weren’t there. I hope I chose well. I can’t wait to put in the new stuff and reopen in the fall!
What I did next was totally separate from my decision on whether to keep a book in the library or not: I went through the stacks and adopted some as my own before they were carted off for donation. Therefore, I have another Random Book Post, where I share my latest home library additions. Not all of these are from church, but a good two stacks of them are:
Have you ever been put in a position to kick or keep books on the shelves? How did you decide? Share any latest book finds with me!