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How to Keep Good Books in the Library

In the bustling digital age, where information is at our fingertips and screens dominate our daily lives, the significance of libraries might seem diminished to some. Yet, these repositories of knowledge, imagination, and inspiration continue to play a crucial role in our communities. Libraries are not just about the physical space; they are the guardians of stories, gateways to learning, and crucially, they rely on us, the readers, to keep their shelves vibrant and diverse.


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One of the most critical aspects of sustaining a library's collection lies in the continuous circulation of books, especially the good and wholesome ones. It's a simple yet powerful concept: the more a book is checked out, the more likely it is to remain on those cherished library shelves. This cycle of borrowing is pivotal for the longevity of valuable literary works. Unfortunately, books that aren't being borrowed regularly face the risk of being removed from circulation to make space for new arrivals or more popular choices.


Why is this concerning? Well, it's not just about preserving good literature; it's about the choices we offer future readers. Imagine strolling into a library hoping to find an enriching, thought-provoking book only to discover the shelves filled with titles that lack substance or don't align with your values. This scenario is more likely if the circulation of noteworthy books diminishes due to lack of checkouts.


Thankfully, there's a simple solution: keep checking out good, wholesome books. By actively borrowing these valuable reads, we contribute to their continued presence in our libraries. If perusing library aisles isn't your cup of tea, fear not! Most libraries offer online catalogs where you can request specific titles and then pick them up at your convenience. This ensures that even if you prefer browsing virtually, your support for these essential books remains intact.


Furthermore, advocating for these books among fellow readers and engaging in discussions about their importance can spark interest and encourage others to explore these literary treasures. It's not just about individual preferences; it's about fostering a community that values the richness of diverse, thoughtful, and morally uplifting literature.


Keeping good books in the libarary isnt as hard as you might think! Our libraries are a reflection of our reading habits and choices. By conscientiously selecting and borrowing good, wholesome books, we actively contribute to the preservation and availability of these valuable literary works. So, the next time you visit your local library, remember: your choice to check out a book isn't merely a personal decision; it's a vote for the kind of literary world you wish to pass on to the next generation.

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Lauren Thompson
Lauren Thompson
19 dic 2023

This is so true! I was taking my children to the library regularly to select books to check out and most of the books on the shelves featured topics that do not align with our values. It was making the library feel out of tune with our needs. I have been requesting books from the online catalog and am pleasant pleased with the books we have been able to read as a result and hope it will encourage them to feature more of these types of books in the future. Currently enjoying The Legend of the Candy Cane!

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