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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Textbook Rentals

As the school year is upon us, college students are coming to their local public library in hopes that the library has the textbooks they need for their courses. College textbooks can be highly expensive, so it makes sense that students would consider borrowing it from the library rather than purchasing it.

Public libraries tend to carry a only a limited number of textbooks and usually they are not the same ones the students need for their classes. Borrowing a textbook via interlibrary loan may work for some students but the problem is it can take several weeks for the book to arrive. The books may not arrive until after the course begins.

The student often needs the book for the entire duration of the course. Most commonly this is for a four-month semester. Loan periods are typically three weeks. If another student has placed a hold request on the same book, the student will not be able to renew it. Libraries also have renewal limits (usually 2 or 3 times) so even with maximizing the number of renewals, the loan period may still not cover the length of the course.

Textbook rental sites such as Chegg allow students to rent books, typically saving 65-85% off the list price. Students can rent books for the entire duration of the course and have the option to buy the book at the end of the rental period if they choose to do so. Students can also use Chegg to sell old textbooks. Bookswim is another website that does textbook rentals.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know

New York Public Library has a list of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know. I have found this list to be a very helpful resource for young childrens' readers advisory and for potential storytime ideas.

This list includes several of my childhood favorites such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Judith Viorst), Corduroy (Don Freeman), Harold and the Purple Crayon (Crockett Johnson), and Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak). From this list, I have also discovered new favorites such as How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight (Jane Yolen), No David! (David Shannon), and Froggy Gets Dressed (Jonathan London).

This list covers both longtime classics as well as more contemporary fare.