Books4U grant nets 515 books for library
David Teeter, of Margie’s Book Nook, center, and members of the Lassen Library staff show off the 515 books the library was able to obtain from a California State Library grant. The library ordered all of the $10,000 worth of books through Maggie’s Book Nook from a desire to shop locally. Photo submitted
Tuesday, Aug. 13 — Lassen Library was able to obtain 515 new books from the $10,000 Books4U grant announced by the California State Library in April. Using suggestions from patrons, staff, bestselling lists and “best of …” lists from various sources and a lot of help from David Teeter at Margie’s Book Nook in Historic Uptown Susanville, the library concentrated on books for young adults, children and adult popular fiction the library has been unable to acquire on a routine basis in the past. A number of current science and other non-fiction titles were obtained for the library’s reference collection.
“We don’t have a book-buying budget,” said library director Jeff Hawkins, “so we are not able to keep our collection as current as we would like. We used this grant as an opportunity to fill longstanding gaps in our collection.”
Two areas of the collection the library particularly wanted to enhance were young adult graphic novels and large type materials. The library has not had a graphic novel component to the young adult collection and the Books4U grant afforded it the opportunity to start one. Many of the popular fiction titles the library ordered are in large-print format as well as the smaller print format. The library’s staff also concentrated on filling gaps in the collection of authors who have a series of titles.
Wanting to keep as much of the grant funds as possible in the community, the library ordered all of the books from Margie’s Book Nook in Uptown Susanville. “When we were notified of the grant I knew right off that I wanted to give the business to Margie’s and approached David about him taking on the burden of ordering $10,000 worth of books for us. He was more than happy to do so.”
Most of the books will be cataloged by the end of the week of Aug. 12 and will start going on display for checkout beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13. All of the books will be available for the library’s usual four-week loan period. A master list of the 515 titles will be available at the library and on the library’s website once they are all cataloged.
The Books4U grant was made possible through a one-time allocation of Library Services and Technology Act funds the California State Library had available. The decision to allocate the funds to libraries for the purpose of bolstering their print collections this year was made due to the state facing cuts in act funds this year due to the federal sequestration and an uncertain future for act funds for California next year.
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