Every Garden Has Its Weeds

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| By Gale Staff |

Enough already with the mud, the crud, and the weeds that have lingered—now’s the time to dig in and discard! In order to produce enticing collections, let’s start by addressing unsightly reads that are hanging tight on your shelves. If you don’t give them a hearty yank, you won’t have the space needed to shine the light on fresh new titles to delight your readers. Don’t just toss those weedy reads—there are likely retirement homes, senior centers, shelters, or correctional facilities nearby that would welcome your books that still have a lot of life to give.

The Need to Weed

You’ve seen them: readers walking slowly, eyes skimming spines for new titles that spark their curiosity but finding the same stagnant offerings because your shelves can’t accommodate new selections in space you don’t have. We recognize that books, though sometimes stale or old and tattered, still hold a special place in our hearts. To help make the parting more palatable, we created our weeding program. For every large print book you weed from your collection, Thorndike Press gives you $10 off each new large print title to replace it.

Why Weed?

There are numerous benefits to weeding out older titles to make room for new books. If you dread the task of pruning away books that have been on display for a while, consider these benefits:

  • Relevance: Weeding books that patrons are no longer seeking out allows you to make room for newer titles with more immediate relevance to your community and your readers’ needs and interests.
  • Currency: Many readers are looking for the latest and greatest titles that everyone is reading and talking about. Others want to explore and discover new talent. Weeding ensures that your offerings are as dynamic as possible.
  • Appeal: Let’s face it, books that have been in circulation awhile receive their fair share of wear and tear. Replacing old titles with new ones can make your shelves more visually appealing as patrons scan them to see what grabs their attention. Remember, library offerings need to be as vibrant and eye-catching as possible. Competition for patrons’ attention is fierce, considering that potential readers are also distracted by social media, bingeable television and streaming services, and movies—not to mention the plethora of booksellers, online and otherwise.

How to Reap Your Rewards

Ready to start earning $10 off new titles for each older book you weed from your collection? Here’s how:

  • Contact us and let us know how many books you’ve weeded out and which new titles you want for replacements, and we’ll apply your discount.


So go ahead, weed your reads. Many patrons won’t take that closer peek if they’re seeing the same choices on display that they noticed at their last visit. But like a bed of freshly planted flowers, a library shelf full of new books can spark joy and entice library patrons to check them out. Mix it up, save some green, and celebrate a new crop of reads today!

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