March 29, 2011

Contrasts: before & after - at the library.

This is what the donations wareahouse looks like every morning before we sort the books out.

There are different criteria to categorize the books (it's not as easy as I'd thought!). Every day, there's a lady who explains how to do it and once they're classified, we put the books in the shelves in the warehouse.

Once the warehouse is in order, we select the books that will make it to the book sale section within the library. Prices range from 50 cents to USD 30 in the case of complete encyclopedias; most of the hardbacks are USD 1 or 2. Magazines are either 10 or 25 cents.
It's sad, but even though books are ridiculously cheap, many people steal them.

In this time working at the library, I learnt lots of interesting facts, such as:

a.- There are not many writers whose family names start with letter "a".

b.- Baldacci is one of those writers whose books sell like hotcakes, but nobody seems to want to keep them...

The same happens with Grisham and a few other authors.

c.- People donate a lot of books, most of which are in excellent condition (as you can see in the pics).

d.- Before donations are put in the book sale section, it is necessary to make sure the donor's personal information is not displayed anywhere in the material. If so, there's a stamp to cover private info.

So far, it's been lots of fun. I'm gald there was a spot for me there :).

Hope you're all having a nice day!


Lauren said...

Oh that's so interesting! Sounds like fun work x

Marie said...

i'd always dreamed of being a librarian, i'm living vicariously through you

danniekate said...

my inner bree hodge loved this post! i often take pics of the messy stockroom at my work to show my mum, i can't stand mess! xx

Rosie said...

how tidy was that when you'd done! :D
Rosie xo

jamie said...

wow! what an amazing place to get lost in :) you did a fantastic job.. now if only i can get you over here to help me with my closet =X

Fin Ryder said...

Oh my goodness! This would be such fun work for me. I LOVE organizing. I wish I was there helping you! hehe.

Chrissy said...

Looks like a lot of fun! So glad you are enjoying it!
Hope you had a wonderful day!
Hugs xxx

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Awww I miss working in the library! I used to enjoy it lots. Glad you are enjoying it. Its amazing you get so many books donated, you just dont get that over here!

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Oh, My Darling said...

This is a library-nerd's dream!!! All the lovely book shelves put a smile on my face!

Rose said...

Looks like fun! And sounds like you are still enjoying it which is great.
Do you end up buying lots of books for yourself? I cant believe some books are stolen :(


Hello Naka said...

wow i cant believe someone would steal such cheap books or steal even :/ and it looks like a very neat job :3 and interesting facts :p

Coquis said...

You're doing a great job!

daniellejamal said...

ooooh i like your blog too miki! you're so sweet :) Thanks for all the lovely comments.