It’s Spring Cleaning time at the IGS Library, and there are some free items for those of you who can come in. Of particular note are: some old world atlases that are not as useful as the ones we’re keeping, and some Ohio Gen. Soc. (OGS) Reporters from years ago that are duplicate issues. But there are other items as well that could be of help to you. The free items mentioned are in boxes on the tables closest to our rear door (to the parking behind the library).
Other free items are now on a cart that we’re placing outside our front door, for passersby to peruse. These are things like folded maps, old genealogical directories and guides, and various U.S. items that might catch the eye. We hope these items might cause people to stop in and chat with us. But we have a lot of items we simply don’t need. And we need to clear space, and so….
Still other items often duplicate our holdings, but are of greater value. Many of these were Betty Sharp’s home office reference copies, often of items we’ve had on the shelves for years. Betty’s daughter Jackie donated the home library to us about a year ago, and included were many other books and periodicals we did NOT have on our shelves, but quite a few that we did.
These latter items are in a separate grouping behind the computer we have for patron use, as one enters from the front door. For these we’re requesting a donation; suggested amounts are listed on stickers, but we’re mostly interested in finding these duplicates “good homes” where they’ll be used (so, just ask, if the “price” isn’t right). Proceeds will help us with new book purchases, such as Roger Minert’s continuing “German immigrants in American church records” series.