The Big Picture Book Weeding Project

You may notice that, at times, entire shelves in our picture book area are empty.  What’s going on?

Well, there are 348 shelves of picture books in our department and most of the shelves are getting VERY crowded!   So, we are currently undertaking a BIG weeding project.  Just as in a garden, weeds can choke out the pretty plants and flowers, so can old, irrelevant, stained and severely worn out books hide the pretty and more relevant books.  To undertake such a big weeding project, we do have “rules” to follow! All libraries have a collection development policy which guides librarians on the criteria for purchasing for and deselecting from a collection; you can take a peek at ours here.

In keeping with our policy, one of the factors we look at here in the children’s area is the circulation of the item…..if it hasn’t been checked out for two years, most likely it is just not relevant anymore and needs to go to make room for something new.

We put all the books from one shelf on a book cart and wheel it over to our work station in order to scan each book’s barcode to check for the last circulation date.  While the books are on the cart, it’s the perfect time to clean off the dust and grime that collects on the shelf!  This also gives us a chance to inspect each book to check for stains, torn pages and the general condition of the book.   Most of our books have a plastic jacket cover that can be wiped off with a Clorox wipe – it’s amazing how a “dirty” book can look almost new again with a little TLC!  Sometimes we determine that we need to order a new copy of a book; if it is still in publication, we try our hardest to find a new copy.  Other times, we conclude that it is time to retire a book from our collection.  Once a book has been withdrawn, or “weeded”,  it most likely will be found in the Friends of the Moline Public Library sale room.  You can read all about our Friends and the sale room hours of operation here.

So, the next time you see an empty shelf, you’ll know we are busy making room for something new by clearing out the old, and making sure our collection is relevant to our patrons!

Miss Teresa








Friends Foundation

Does your library have a Friends Group or a book sale room? My library is very lucky to have both.

Our Friends Group is made up a volunteers who give their time weeding, sorting and selling the donated books, magazines and other items that we receive on a daily basis. Some days it is just a few items, other days it is several boxes of items to be gone through.

Our Friends Group does a great job sorting the donated items for their shelves in the Friends Books Sale Room. There are set store hours and the Friends also donate their time keeping the store open.

Our Friends’ book sale room always has books, magazines and DVDs ($1). Sometimes there are jigsaw puzzles, calendars, greeting cards and craft booklets. Most items are a quarter, but a few items go for a bit more.

I check the sale room on a weekly basis looking for books to share with my mums who enjoys mysteries as much as I do. Then when she is finished with the books I donate the books back so they can be sold again.

The Friends make a nice amount of money with their sale room. The Children’s Department requests money from the Friends for special programs and books for finishers of the Summer Reading Program. We would not be able to offer some of our great programs without their assistance.

Near the end of October each year the Friends hold the annual Basket Fundraiser with more than 25 baskets to choose from. This year two of the items are a John Deere Bike and Whitey’s Ice Cream gift cards. There will also be educational toys and great things that adults will like.

Join your local Friends group and help out your library!

Miss Sarah