Libraries are continually changing and evolving. Our AP library at the pool house also continues to change, evolve, and expand. Last fall, we added a new bookcase to house the ever-increasing collection. AP’s own Brett Damron constructed an exact replicaof the bookcase that AP resident Dan Clark made several years ago. Charlie Pascale from our AP staff,along with several other assistants, helped us place it.
We now have more room for non-fiction books and the more prolific authors. There is also a small bookcase under the window for children’s books and jigsaw puzzles for all ages. Another new feature is the “New Arrivals” section for recently donated books. Look for it atop the free-standing bookcase in front of the “Returns” counter.
For our newer residents who have asked, there is no formal process for borrowing books. Just return them whenever you are finished with them. Please continue to leave donated books (about five or six at a time) by the sink and Susan Burgess and I will shelve. We ask that donations be in good condition.
We are always on the lookout for large print books, as they are hard to come by. The public library in Hertford does have an excellent collection if needed. Recently, a resident donated bookend, a very needed item. We could always use more of those. To quote author Neil Galman, “Don’t ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re for … use your library). Don’t apologize to this author for buying books second hand or getting them from book-crossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things tell other people. The most important thing isthat people read…”