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Catalog Cards for Sale

I work in four elementary school libraries and we are undergoing summer renovations at two of them. The good? Next year we will arrive to new carpet, paint, and lighting. I can’t wait. The not-quite-as-good? We need to get out of the way before the school year ends and the buildings are turned into construction sites. Everything gets packed up. This sort of thing tends to draw out some long-forgotten boxes.

So, long story short, I will be holding a modest catalog card sale (nay, auction) next Saturday. Prices start at 25¢ each.

Do I hear 30¢?

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. When I stopped updating shelflist cards eight years ago, I left the shelf list just as it was. It will be interesting in 30 years to see what books were here. At least twice a year, someone wants me to give them the card catalog, but it’s staying. It makes me happy just to look at it.

  2. It is exciting to see that money is allocated to renovate libraries, not close them! Hurray for you and the kids you serve!

  3. Try selling ’em on Etsy – I would love to see someone make jewelry or, like book art-type sculpture out of catalog cards.

    When we got rid of our card catalog at the natural history museum, we had cards with handwritten notes by famous scientists who had worked there. Almost couldn’t bear to part with them… almost!