It is easier for me to bid farewell to books these days. When I first began teaching, I hung on to every single title. I never let one go willingly. Perhaps being in a Library Science program for more than 25 years has taught me the value of weeding, but it goes beyond this, I think. I am more acutely aware of the fact that many classrooms do not have libraries. I know how poorly many school libraries are funded as well. My goal, then, in saying goodbye is to do what little I can. Back in the FTF (face-to-face) days of teaching, I brought them in and gave them to my students. Now that I live online, I take them along with me to various workshops and conferences.
At the end of t his month, I will take as many as I can cram into my car to the TCTELA conference in Austin. In February, I will have more to take to the Region V conference. The ones on the bookshelves in our hall are already being perused by folks who work in the building. Word gets out even during break that there are FREE books available on the 4th floor. I love to see them go now. I know they are being handed off to another set of readers. Saying goodbye has become something I look forward to doing.
And now...to load up the shelves with the new arrivals.