Giving Up the Newbery Ghost?
Librarians are the original hoarders (but, you know, in a positive way).
But I always maintain that we’re not the Library of Congress here. We can’t hang on to every book, no matter how much we’d like to.
A while back I noticed our copy of 1955 Newbery Medal winner The Wheel on the School sitting, where it always is, on the shelf.
At a certain point, I realized that the spot on the shelf for The Wheel on the School could be better filled with something current. So that’s what we did.
My questions are:
When do you give up the Newbery ghost?
Do you keep all Newbery winners around?
Do you have a system for letting them go? An equation, perhaps?
Are the answers to these questions different for public libraries and school libraries (I would say yes).
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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