But this year, it’s getting on my last nerve. I bet, on average, I check out two hundred books a year. One of the greatest tools I discovered a couple years ago was the online catalogue that lets me request titles from other locations in our county. When they’re in, I get an e-mail and go pick them up. Easy peasy.
But I found out in late May, after asking the media specialists (whom I still call “Librarians,” much to their chagrin) why the new release section had books I’d read two months prior; they said that no new books would be coming in until around August. Budget cuts, you see.
Well, I don’t see. I was there yesterday to pick up two books for my mother, and since I didn’t have any on hold, decided to browse the shelves for myself. What a disappointment. So I asked the media specialist, again, why aren’t there any new books. She said that because of budget cuts, no new books had come in … BUT she was happy to announce that no branches had to be closed and no staff had been lost.
That’s spectacular news. It really is. But I want our libraries to think outside the box. Use some of the collected creativity represented in the thousands of stories, encyclopedias, and how to manuals gracing the library shelves and be creative. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- I’ve donated to the Friends of the Library Fund in the past, and am happy to give again … but you have to re-open the fund to actually get money. Re-instate it. Yesterday.
- Shuffle books amongst the library locations in the county. Like, really physically move them around from one place to another. Don’t fall victim to the stereotype of un-physical bookworms; flex those muscles and show the county how buff you are, mentally and physically.
- Now shuffle books amongst counties. For heaven’s sake, there are 100 counties in North Carolina. I can only search the card catalogue for Wake County, and really the only books I find are the result of my own brainstorming of topics and authors.