Don’t fret, my pets! One librarian says…
I’m a librarian, and you would think that might make me more attached to old books, but you wouldn’t believe how much crap people donate to libraries. Sometimes they can’t be added to the collection, and no one will buy them in the book sale — they end up in the dumpster, and honestly, I’d be much happier knowing that they were going to a project like yours. [For your book killing projects,] go to your local library and ask if they have any books that have been donated that are not in good enough condition for the collection or the book sale.
To take it even further, our staffer Kellbot points out that you’re actually doing libraries a favor by helping them remove outdated, even potentially harmful, books from their shelves:
Think about it this way: a lot of libraries are filled with old books with incredibly outdated information. A librarian friend of mine is weeding the library he works at, and purging books with titles like “AIDS: What we know” published in 1987.
At best they’re funny and outdated, and at worst these old books are a liability. Someone could pick up the book and think that it represents current information.
A few more examples:
- Gays In The Military: The Moral & Strategic Crisis (1993)
- Ahdoolo : The biography of Matthew A. Henson, the Negro who accompanied Peary to the North Pole (1963)
- J. Edgar Hoover : Modern Knight Errant (1959)
So yeah: don’t think of it as killing books… think of it as doing your part to help libraries stay current and useful!
Now, let’s talk book-killing projects! Where do you get your victims, and what have you made out of dead books?