Our library has taken in recent weeks to having a shelf of free books in the children’s section. Many of these are not very interesting but I have come across a few that I consider real finds. One is on a subject we will be covering this year and the other is on a subject I would like to cover. Both are appropriate for my two older kids (whereas many give-away books are for younger children) and both seem to be living books. Here they are:
We are going to be continuing our study of American history this year, beginning with the Revolution, so I don’t think it will be too many months before we are on to the Constitution and the American government. The first book, The Great Constitution, is just what I was looking for for this.
I have read the first couple of chapters and it is a well-written account of how the constitutional convention came to be. It is not hard reading but is detailed and gives a good picture of the character of the participants. Plus it has lots of pictures.
The other book would fit under the subject heading anatomy which is something I would like to cover if time permits.
It is called Spare Parts and is about how we have and will alter the human body. I have read the first chapter so far which is a history of prosthetics, nose jobs and the like. It is interesting if sometimes disgusting. I think my soon to be 14-year-old boy will like it.
The real question is why is a library giving away these books? There are so many more on their shelves which I would consider expendable. I am happy to have these books for my own, of course, but I worry about the standards our libraries have when they give away the living books. I suspect it is a matter of looking to see what hasn’t been checked out ni an age and purging to make room for new books. But it is still sad.