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January 4, 2024 - Vol. 3, Issue 1
That rare moment when emptiness equals joy
Last month, the Adams County SPCA in Gettysburg, Penn., reached a new milestone. For the first time in 47 years, every kennel in the shelter was empty.
Things were looking less rosy at the beginning of December when the shelter was nearly at capacity. But with the community's help, 90 cats and dogs, as well as a couple of ferrets, were adopted right before Christmas.
That's not all.
In 2023, the Adams County SPCA helped find families for 598 animals and reunited 125 strays with their owners. And instead of resting on their laurels -- or resting at all -- the staff reached out to other overcrowded shelters in the state and agreed to take in some of their animals.
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No longer forgotten
Since publishers are always releasing new books -- and there is only so much space on library shelves -- librarians will routinely remove older, damaged and unread tomes. This process is known as culling or weeding.
"...If there were no weeding, people would enter a library and be swallowed by a wave of disorganized hardcovers and paperbacks," Cape Cod writer/librarian Corey Farrenkopf wrote on Medium. "Almanacs and dictionaries from the 1920s would pile up to the ceiling. Doorways would be choked with computer manuals written before the Internet existed."
Most of the time, the culled books aren't just thrown away. They're resold in book sales to raise money for library programs, donated to nonprofit organizations, added to Little Free Libraries and turned into book art. Which is great, but what if some of these books could avoid being evicted in the first place?
That was the idea behind the Forgotten Books Project, a campaign launched last spring by the Manchester, N.H., chapter of the Silent Book Club. The group, of which I'm a founding member, connected with Tess Kimsey at the Manchester City Library and she sent us a list of titles that were facing the Big Cull. Then, we started checking 'em out.
By the end of the year, our little book club had rescued over 210 titles. And we're hoping to do it again in 2024.
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Cobwebs and kindness at Christmas
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Throw everything out of your mind. Read a little, sleep. the world will still be here when you wake up, and there'll still be everything left to do." --James Baldwin
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
Thanks to the Adams County SPCA, Facebook, YouTube, WHTM ABC27, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Apple News, Medium, The Coil, the Manchester chapter of the Silent Book Club, Tess Kimsey, the Manchester City Library, The Dodo, the USO, Kate Stone Matheson, Unsplash, Etsy and Deposit Photos for art and story suggestions.
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