Weeding in the Stacks
If you’ve visited lately, you might have seen me in the Children’s Area intently staring at lists of titles methodically pulling books off the shelf to a cart and wondered what’s going to happen to all those books. To make room for all the new books we’ve purchased over the year, we need to “weed” older titles that aren’t circulating anymore. We’re conscious that many think we should never get rid of any book, but the reality is we just don’t have the room to keep everything. We also find our circulation improves when shelves are filled with newer titles and not jammed packed to overflowing. We also take the time to look at their condition and use the opportunity to replace old and worn books or a set of books with a treasury of an author that isn’t in vogue but would be remiss not have on our shelves, like Beatrix Potter or A. A. Milne.
These weeded books are very lucky and will get a second life on someone’s home library shelf inspiring a new generation of readers. They’ve become a highly anticipated prize during our Summer Library Program, and there’s nothing more uplifting for a librarian than to watch a child proudly pick out a book on their own to take home.
The Horicon Public Library is pleased to welcome local cozy mystery writer Holly Quinn for a visit on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 PM. What’s a cozy mystery? Cozy mysteries generally have an amateur female sleuth, much like Jessica Fletcher from Cabot Cove, with a murder inexplicably thrown into their path. These “detectives” can’t resist using their skills and life experiences, with the help of quirky community members, to puzzle out the mystery. Cozy mysteries also tend to be written in series format focusing on a particular local, occupation or hobby.
Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. She sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist's handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born. Holly has published two stand-alone fiction novels in another persona. She graduated from Carroll University in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in business and a minor in marketing. This is her first Handcrafted Mystery.
Copies of the first in the series, A Crafter Knits a Clue, are available to check out. We don’t think it will be a mystery for very long what nearby community is about to face a string of murders solved by its newest sleuth Samantha “Sammy” Kane.
Fri Mar. 1 - Fri Mar. 29Seuss-tastic Reading Challenge The Seuss-tastic Reading Challenge is open to readers of all ages. Pick up your sheet at the front desk, complete a reading BINGO, and then return your completed sheet to the library between March 1st and 29th, to be entered in the drawing to win a Seuss-tastic prize!Read More
Sat Mar. 23Knit Retreat We'll be holding our annual knit retreat. Participants must be pre-registered. If you've signed up in advance, we'll see you at the knit retreat!Read More
Tue Mar. 26Storytime Little ones and their care givers are welcome to join us each Tuesday morning for Storytime. We read picture books, sing songs, and make unique craft projects to take home. Everyone is welcome at Storytime!Read More