Book to be given to public
The Alta Public Library will be giving away parts of its collection of books to the public this month as part of an effort to trim down its volume in preparation for the move into the new community library at the elementary school in 2003.
The library is offering fiction manuscripts in its children's collection free of charge to the public through May 1, when a private book collector will come and gather those not taken by citizens.
Alta Librarian Sue Pedersen said the decision to weed out the collection was caused by the both the lack of space at the old facility and the future journey of the library down Main Street to the elementary school.
"We have been gradually running out of shelf space for the books here, and since we're moving to the elementary school, we thought we would get an early start and get rid of some of them instead of waiting until the last minute," Pedersen said. "We'd like to have everything in shape when we do move."
Pedersen said many visitors to the library have already taken advantage of the offer, as the only remaining genre of items left are fiction books for young children.
The literature will be placed on a table in the front of the library, and Pedersen said citizens are not limited to taking only a select number of items.
"People can take as many as they want," Pedersen said. "We have a variety of different authors, and they're all good books."
The children's literature will not be the only section the library will weed out before its 2003 move, as it will also give out adult texts this summer.
Pedersen said the library is continuing to purchase new manuscripts to replace the old ones, and said any gaps the library has in terms of books will be filled by the interlibrary loan system, which is currently available at the Highway 7 facility.
"We're going to make sure these old books get good homes," Pedersen said. "That's the goal."
The Alta Public Library is open from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.