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New titles boost library book stocks

Travel guides, talking books, children’s picture books, self help health and financial management books, and travel and fishing videos are now offered to borrowers at Latrobe City’s library branches.

By Latrobe City Council - 26th July 2001 - Back to News

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Travel guides, talking books, children’s picture books, self help health and financial management books, and travel and fishing videos are part of a seasonal upsurge in new titles recently added to the collection and now offered to borrowers at Latrobe City’s library branches.

Chief Librarian Carole Ingwerson said Latrobe’s libraries all benefited from a constant influx of new material such as sought after blockbusters by leading novelists John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell, but in the last few weeks there had been an upsurge of new titles as the library took advantage of suppliers’ sales.

"Armchair travellers and those in the initial stages of planning a holiday overseas will find lots of new titles from the travel publishers. New titles such as Frommers Caribbean, the Lonely Planet Guide to Madagascar, and the Lonely Planet Guides to hiking in Japan or cycling in Britain have all been added to the collection. Tourism and travel ideas are constantly evolving and changing, so we endeavour to keep our travel section as up to date as possible," Ms Ingwerson said.

"The front counters of Latrobe’s libraries may seem hectic enough at times, particularly as schoolchildren resource material for homework projects after school, but behind the scenes there is also just as much happening, as new book purchases are catalogued, and covered and labeled in preparation for an active life on the library shelf.

"Bookbuying sessions take place at regular intervals where particular genres of books are sought to meet specific needs. Buying for children for example, is not just a question of purchasing multiple copies of the latest Harry Potter book," Ms Ingwerson said.

Librarian Noeline Grayden said that at bookbuying sessions, library bookbuyers specifically sought books in certain areas to fulfil needs. "Recently we were looking for teenage fiction books. Our library users and staff had identified that there was a desperate need for teenage boys’ books, so that’s what we particularly looked for," Ms Grayden explained.

"Booksellers with children’s material may be carrying over a thousand new titles and publications when they visit, and in those instances, buyers rely on their knowledge of established children’s authors as well as advice from the sales representatives of emerging authors, to decide which books will be purchased.

"A decision also has to be made as to whether titles may duplicate existing editions, and whether titles will be bought for every Latrobe library branch or for just one location," Ms Grayden said.

Ms Grayden said she probably wouldn’t hesitate to buy John Marsden and Colin Thiele titles. "They are always popular, as are authors such as Temora Pierce, Isobelle Carmody and R L Stine.

"While the Harry Potter series and Carolyn Keene’s detective stories are today’s books, and keenly sought after by young people, there’s always interest in old favourites such as Enid Blyton’s Far Away Tree, and The Magic Pudding, which are still great reading.

"Elyne Mitchell’s Silver Brumby series, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, Mystery series and Noddy books, Richard Compton’s William books, and Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series are constantly being republished in new versions to meet demand, so remain on library shelves for another generation to enjoy," Ms Grayden added.

The entire library catalogue is now available on line at Further information on library services in Latrobe City is available by contacting Council on 1300 367 700.


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