It’s hard to buy books. I know people will say, how can it be hard to buy books? That has got to be the best job in the world! But what people don’t realize is that there is a lot of pressure that goes along with it, especially when your budget is limited. I do all kinds of studies and analysis every couple of years because I’m paranoid I’m not buying the right stuff. For a book to languish on a shelf unread is a librarian’s greatest fear and failure.
However sometimes it’s a slam dunk.
I almost didn’t buy “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking” by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. I thought to myself, who in the heck going to make cheddar sage panini at home, when you can trot right down to Wegman’s? It’ll just sit on the shelf and take up space. But then I thought about it, well Weggie’s has yummy bread but it a tad expensive and if it only takes five minutes…
Long story short, the book arrived at the library a couple of days ago and this morning I opened the D&C to find a full page article in the Living section about the “Artisan Bread” book.
I was soooo excited. I guessed right. We are the only small library to own it and all six copies in the system are checked out or on hold. Money well spent and thanks to the D&C for the free advertising!