As we explore opportunities to serve our communities in this unprecedented time, a path my library has recently taken has been to create a quick access browsing collection. At the Wilsonville Public Library, we opened the building at the end of June with limited services. We are lucky that the configuration of our newly redesigned library allows patron access to the central area of the library. Since we are unable to open the library stacks to the public for browsing, we added this “grab and go” collection on the display shelving that had in the past been used for new adult fiction and adult non-fiction.
Library staff pull different catergories of library materials for different age groups and bundle 3-5 items together with stout rubber bands. We call this quick access collection Book Bundles To Go. Our visiting patrons constantly tell library staff that Book Bundles To Go is a “brilliant idea!”
Book Bundles To Go have been especially popular with parents of young children. We see the parents walk off with several bundles of board and picture books. As one mother of young children walked out of the building with several bundles of picture books, she told me “I would have taken more picture book bundles but my arms weren’t long enough to carry them all!”
As part of the service, library staff offer to create custom Book Bundles To Go based on the patron’s preferences. Since introducing Book Bundles to Go, parents of young children have been reaching out to library staff regularly, requesting library materials about subjects in which their toddler or preschooler has an interest.
Bundles of library materials that are readily available for parents and caregivers of young children can be, as one parent told me, “a lifesaver!”
Today’s post was written by Josephine Caisse, Youth Services Librarian at Wilsonville Public Library. She can be reached at email@example.com
This post addresses ALSC Core Competency-V. Outreach and Advocacy