When I stepped out the front door yesterday, this is the sunrise that greeted me, over the rooftops of the houses across the street. It lasted only a few minutes and then the sun rose above the cloud cover, restoring the sky to a flat gray. It pays to be fast with the ol' camera.
I started another Newbery book yesterday, "Strawberry Girl" by Lois Lenski. To my surprise, the story takes place in Polk County, Florida, in the early 1900s. I used to live and work in Polk County, so I'm getting a kick out of it already! I'm surprised I never heard of this book growing up, though it was published in 1945 so it was well before my time.
Otherwise, life goes on as usual around here. I'm having very busy days in the library, keeping up with all the book orders from kids. It's good to see they're still reading, never mind the pandemic! We also weeded about 12 boxes of nonfiction during the parent-teacher conference days last week, so I've been boxing all that stuff up for donation to charity.
One of the books I've considered deleting is about witches -- a huge tome that covers Wiccans, paganism and even satanism. It hasn't been checked out in about nine years, and it's much bigger than the average kid's backpack. I'm wrestling with whether we really need a gigantic book on satanism. What would the average parent do if their kid brought that home?! I don't want to be censorious, but then again, no one's checking it out anyway.
We wind up with some very weird stuff in the library. Years ago a colleague found a book on our shelves called "Light Up and Live," which is basically about how to smoke safely. (I can write that book in two words: IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.) We weeded it but I saved it just because it's so bizarre.
I think we obtained some of those peculiar books through donations, which we used to accept much more readily than we do now. These days we decline most donations, preferring to build our collection more deliberately.
Anyway, now it's time to walk the dog and, if we're lucky, see another sunrise.