I spent Friday afternoon playing librarian at the Assisted Living / Home for the Aged where I volunteer. It is such fun!
One of the local town libraries donates their discarded large print books to us and that means that someone gets to cull the stock already there and place the new books onto the shelves.
And that volunteer is me. :)
It is tough to choose the books to remove. It is also hard not to look at each and every one but who has time for that? I wish we had an inkling which books were most ‘checked out’ but we don’t – it’s an honor system. Just borrow and enjoy and return it when you can. So we don’t have a system to know if romances are what the residents enjoy most? or biographies? or who are the favorite authors?
The first step yesterday was to find any books that are not large print. I was actually shocked that we found so many! I piled these into boxes and moved them to the basement. Eventually I will put this in my truck and donate them.
Some of these books come home with me, too. I chose a Nadine Gordimer (A Sport of Nature), The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks, a bio of Catherine the Great, and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.
I still have a lot of hours to donate to get them all into alphabetical order, but I’m really enjoying my work and sharing my love of books with the residents.