The Inly Library has moved up – literally. After ten years on the ground floor of the main building, we have a bright sunny room with new bookshelves and new windows. I’m really excited about it, but first….there are lots of books to shelve. Ten thousand to be exact. No, we did not have to carry the books upstairs, but once they were up there, they needed a little help finding their new spots. It’s not like the scene in Mary Poppins where I can watch everything find its own place!
The best part of this process is that moving requires every book to be handled. I’m unearthing a few titles that should not be on our shelves (don’t ask) and a few others that have been sadly overlooked – but not for long! Quite frankly, it’s a lot of work, but my vision of how the library will look motivates me to continue alphabetizing.
One section that is going to get more space this year is graphic novels for young readers. In the beginning of the graphic novel craze, it was a challenge to find books for kids under 10. The Babymouse series was out of the gate early and the kids love them, but there was a demand for more. After my summer research, though, I’m ready.
Here are some of the series that are going to be available on shiny new shelves:
Chi by Konami Kanata – the adventures of a mischevous little kitten
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon – funny stories about a very cute dragon
The Toon series, including Patrick in A Teddy Bear’s Bear Picnic by Geoffrey Hayes
Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosozcka – the Lunch Lady turns out to be a superhero!
Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm – a new series by the Babymouse team, this one about an amoeba who loves Twinkies!
For now, I better stop reading about amoebas and dragons. There are too many boxes waiting to be unpacked.