Over the past year and a half, several volunteers have taken extra books from The Front Porch Library and shared them with Hope Community, our local homeless shelter. In addition, we’ve helped organize their Learning Center, a children’s library and play space in the family dorm. If you have donated books to us and we already have a copy or two, they will likely land there. Check out Hope Community, if you haven’t already. You’ll be glad you did.
As the front porch becomes more and more crowded and the stacks of The Autobiography of Meatball Finklestein grow ever loftier, we’re looking for ways to transplant our success to other spaces.
Currently under consideration is a lending/donation hybrid program with the Big Bend Homeless Coalition’s Hope Community. It seems like a good fit: books we can’t use get passed on to another charitable group and are ultimately read by children encountering homelessness. Kary envisions sending small collections home with families when they transition to permanent housing, the books acting as a parting gift to the children of these families, and giving them a foundation upon which to build literacy with their own small home library.
A shout out to this gent, the kind and prodigiously talented Mr. Bruce Coville, for sending heaps and heaps of his books and other authors’ to the Front Porch Library. Here’s to aliens, werewolves and elves!
- Is it worthwhile to have series with holes in them?
- Should priority be placed on filling them, or should monitoring of the popularity of existing books occur first? (So you don’t struggle to get the last Hardy Boys when no one’s actually reading them?)
- Do long children’s series (Babysitters Club, Boxcar Children) enjoy the same popularity now?
- How does one determine a series that requires special shelving? What qualifies? Numbered stories? Series of seven or more books? What about trilogies?
- What difference does it make for a book to be classified as a series in an otherwise un-alphabetized collection?
(as of 05/03/09)
- The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White
- Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
- Circle of Love (The Orphan Train Adventures), Joan Lowery Nixon
- How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas Rockwell
- Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Louis Sachar
- Far North, Will Hobbs
- The Autobiography of Meatball Finklestein, Ross Venokur
- Mama Panya’s Pancake—A Village Tale from Kenya, Mary & Rich Chamberlin
- Harry Houdini: Young Magician, Kathryn Borland
On the titles of which I’ve found more than two copies, I’ve recorded but not numbered the third copy, figuring there’s no reason to mark up a book we’ll send on its way. It’s interesting to see the repeats I expected (Charlotte’s Web), and the mysteriously common titles (Meatball Finklestein?).
We’ve mostly been removing the duplicates in the hopes of seeding a new collection, perhaps a more fluid collection at the local homeless shelter. But at the same time, many of our books are cheap Scholastic editions, so we wonder if we should be hanging on to extras of books we expect to be popular. Thoughts, anyone?