It was half way through April before I picked up the 2013 Shelf Challenge, issued by The Busy Librarian. I had a block of time free up from a cancellation in the library schedule and I love a challenge! It makes sense to me. These are the books my students browse every day, shouldn't I know what is on the shelf, too?
The idea is simple. Pick a section in your library and read the dust jackets and summaries from every book in the section throughout the month of April. (If a picture book section, read the whole book.) I chose to read the section of fiction where the S authors live, simply because it was suggested in reason number 4. Those shelves face away from the teaching area of the library, and I noticed they were crowded. I also couldn't remember adding any new books there recently except Gary D. Schmidt, Maggie Steifvater, and Rebecca Stead, so I wanted to see how old it was looking.
|The Book Who Lost It's Cover Image?|
I pulled a circulation report and found I had 40 books in the S authors that had not circulated since 2007 when we switched to Follett Destiny. I took a deep breath and began the challenge again, in earnest. I have allowed myself the option of skipping reading the summary of books I decide to weed, but so far have read them anyway. I'm glad I read Mrs. Yingling's post about the agony of weeding. I know there is someone else out there making hard decisions about which of a beloved author's (Zilpha Keatley Snyder!) titles to keep.
This is going to take more than a day, but I have the rest of April. I'll let you know how I'm progressing. Why don't you take the challenge? You can join up here: