Monday, February 8, 2010

shelved

After donating the Eddie Eagle DVD to the children's department, I became curious about what sort of gun related books were available in the adult nonfiction collection.

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...and...

And other than the half shelf of "Oh no, blood in the streets! Columbine! Your gun can be used against you! Turn them in at buybacks!" gun control books, that's really it.

We do, however, still subscribe to Guns & Ammo, so at least there's some consolation.

13 comments:

Borepatch said...

Gosh, it makes sense to have books about car bombs and nuclear jihadis in the gun section, because we all know that gun owners are jihadis. And car bombers.

Sadly, it's the same here in Massachusetts.

Tam said...

It made me sad when I realized that on certain subjects (firearms and military history especially) I've got a bigger selection by a wide, wide margin than the downtown library.

Zdogk9 said...

I live in a village with about 1000 people. The collection in the local library is better.

Greyhawk said...

Solution: donate books to your local library.

After reading this, I've decided to put together a box of Second Amendment advocacy books and donate them to the local high school. Over the next few months, I'll put together more boxes for the city, county, and state libraries.

I would like to encourage others to do the same. Make sure you check with the library first, though, and confirm the correct procedures for donating. In most places you can just walk in the door with a box of books, but in some places you first have to submit a list for approval.

Robert Langham said...

No Copy of Elmer Keith's biography: "Hell, I was THERE?"

fast richard said...

I'm not sure about Buda's Wagon, but The Nuclear Jihadist is definitely mis-cataloged. It should be over in the same section as The Looming Tower. You do have The Looming Tower, don't you? Come to think of it Buda's Wagon is probably also a title that belongs in a current events or political history section as well.

Those three books by John Nichols look like the sort of books I would have loved when I was ten years old. They ought to be over in the childrens section, perhaps next to my childhood favorite Musket to M14 by C.B. Colby. Yes, I know, all such books have long since been censored and banned from children's libraries.

lee n. field said...

>Solution: donate books to your local library.

Maybe. Breda can elaborate, but just because it's donated, doesn't mean it's going to get used. It might end up on the "50 cents--buy me!" cull shelf.

B Smith said...

+1, Greyhawk & lee n. field.

I was thinking this sounded like a cry for help :-)

Old NFO said...

I was thinking the same thing... I have more gun related books than the library... Breda, IS donation an acceptable way to get more books on the shelves?

直到遠遠 said...

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.............................................

Scotty said...

2 things.....errr, 3 things.......

1. Our local library loves it when we donate books, but I too would be interested to see what/why they cull books....check that on to the list of questions to ask them.

2. On libraries, I was surprised to find that in the Portland, OR metro area, when my 3yr old walked in with his toy AR15, the librarians smiled, the only one that looked disgusted was that yuppie dude about my age holding a kid about my sons age who wished he too could have had a toy AR15.

3. Back to more or less relavent stuff.....Breda, miss you on Gunnuts, it's not the same.

Breda said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! Donating books is a great idea, of course, but there are certain ways to ensure that the books make it into circulation and not onto the 25-cent sale shelf.

1. When possible, make sure the books are brand new. Tell the librarian that they were purchased specifically for the library.

2. Call and discuss your donation with the librarian prior to bringing it in. Make the subject matter clear, explain why you've chosen it, and why you think it'd be an important addition to the collection.

3. If all else fails, ask to speak to the library director.

Norse Diomedes said...

"No Copy of Elmer Keith's biography: 'Hell, I was THERE?'"

Slim pickings these days. I had to beat an ogre to death with a coffee mug just to get my copy... Long story concerning "Big Game Rifles and Cartridges" and "Six Guns"....