More From the Suggestion Box

Hello, everyone!  This is Marna Hostetler, Director of the David L. Rice Library, here to respond to our most recent suggestions:

Received March 10, 2014

1. Have more kids’ books.  A lot of Education majors rely on Rice (Library).

2. Complete series of books you have already.  It’s disappointing to start a series and not finish it.

First, thank you very much for your suggestions.  We agree that more kids’ books would be a great resource, not only for our Teacher Education majors, but also for the Children’s Learning Center, the Summer Enrichment Camp, and the children of USI students, faculty, and staff.  We purchase the titles that win the following awards each year, and fill in other titles when we can:

Boston Globe – Horn Book Award

Caldecott Medal

Caldecott Honor

Charlotte Zolotow Award – Winner

Charlotte Zolotow Award – Honor

Coretta Scott King Award – author & illustrator awards

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

Jane Addams Book Award

Jane Addams Book Honor

National Book Award: Young People’s Literature

New York Times Best Illustrated Books

Newbery Medal

Newbery Honor

Phoenix Award

Phoenix Honor

Pura Belpre Award – author & illustrator awards

Schneider Family Book Award

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

However, as fun as it is to select children’s titles to add to our collection, our budget is limited and we have many other programs to support.

Your point on completing book series is a good one, and we do try to do that with shorter series of 10 titles or less.  Ongoing series with many titles become difficult to maintain, and before purchasing another title within a series, we look at circulation counts for other titles from that series.  If circulation counts are low, we may decide not to continue purchasing additional titles from that series.  We have begun purchasing mass market best sellers, however, and some titles within series will certainly be on those lists.

Thanks again for taking the time to provide us with feedback on how we’re doing.  Please write again if other ideas come to you.

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