Old Books in Lockhart, Texas Library


Paging through the time capsule at the Lockhart, Texas branch, I was inspired to consider what happens when libraries cull their collections. Often I encounter the sales in the spring or summer when old books are placed on carts for 10 cents or donated to the goodwill. Obviously these books aren’t getting burned, but these sifting practices take a bit of the history out of childrens collections. Made me really wonder about all the interesting questions kids might ask when confronted with more books from older generations. Also made me think about all the opportunities for critical history and literacy we lose when we avoid or eliminate everyday old books from shelves. Just a few skims and cover reviews, provoked so many questions for me about changes in technology, propriety, regionalism, conceptions of diversity. These older editions are maintaining some of the history in Lockhart and making updates and shifts in history visible. What happens to older texts when librarians update collections in big city libraries I tend to frequent? I wonder how it varies. I’m guessing economics has something to do with it, but I think this is one of those situations where the upside down economics might have been worked with intelligently. There was a huge collection of childrens books in Spanish and a whole room dedicated to young adults with YALit and computers. How are the collections revised in your local library?


4 thoughts on “Old Books in Lockhart, Texas Library

  1. Great questions. Makes me think about how I periodically pare down my own library. It always seems more comes in than goes out. Also reminds me I have a couple Bourdieu books of yours to ship to you! (The Night Before Christmas, In Texas That Is looks more inviting right now.)

  2. Hey Dr. J! I am in the middle of updating my eportfolio (yay…) & thought I’d stop by to say hi! I see that you visited my hometown of Lockhart! I hope you enjoyed the small town Texas charm and made time to eat some BBQ! (Lockhart is the BBQ Capital of Texas after all.) My personal favorite is Smitty’s. I refuse to eat BBQ anywhere else. Anyway.. Hope your semester is going well. I’ll make sure to come visit next time I’m in town!

    Oh.. And I bet you’re enjoying this snow free January πŸ˜‰

    – Sarah Regalado (aka Russell)

    • Congratulations, Sarah πŸ™‚ How was the honeymoon? Definitely check in when you’re in town, but it’s great to know you’re out there and surfing around and passing by. Smitty’s, eh? What do you usually order? We settled into Black’s, so I’ll have to go back for more!

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