Today, In Our Favorite Free Things: Libraries

When a couple of friends of mine were looking for a new apartment, they told us they had three requirements: some kind of outdoor space; near the park; and within walking distance of a Carnegie library.

How Libraries Get Rid Of Books

Okay I’ve already covered bike riding and organic dairy farming today, so why not go for the trifecta and share some fun library facts while I’m at it? BEST LIFE.

More specifically, an excerpt of Phyllis Rose’s book, The Shelf, is up on Medium, and it pulls back the curtain on how libraries weed the stacks to get rid of unread books and make space for new ones. Turns out the correct word for this is “deaccession” and there is a SYSTEM. It is way more amazing than I could have imagined: