Have you ever thought of turning those books into a fun contest to boost interest and engagement in the library?
The "shredded book contest" idea has taken off at a lot of libraries with great success - likely because it's so simple, inexpensive and practical.
Simply shred one of those weeded or damaged books and put the shreddings in a glass jar, make some ballots & a ballot box, and make a sign - guess the shredded book.
Of course, there will need to be several decisions to make, such as:
- What sort of prize to give out - a free book, library membership, or something bigger...
- Any ballot restrictions, i.e. one per person, per library visit or unlimited?
- Include parts of the cover to make it slightly easier? How fine you shred it, and in which direction, will dictate how challenging the contest can be
- Any hints you'd like to offer
- What age group would be likely to guess the book? You could do a picture book, YA fiction and/or adult fiction to reach all of your demographics
- How long will the contest run? Will there be a new one every month?
- Can you tie it in to anything else that's happening - a holiday, an event or a theme?
Shred a book, have some fun!