This collection provides introductory information on poetry, riddles,
jokes, readers' theater, writers, holiday story collections, and rhymes.
Emphasis is on American and British literature.
Books offering poetry are the main focus of this collection. Sources
including poetry, riddles, and jokes are heavily developed and maintained.
Other subjects, especially literature of Germanic languages, Romance
languages, Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romantic languages, Spanish
and Portuguese literatures, Italic literature-Latin, Hellenic literature-Classical
Greek, and literature of other languages are minimally developed
due to lack of availability of appropriate level materials and limited
interest on the part of young patrons. However, stories from other
countries can be found in the 390s under fairy tales, folklore,
and fables. Collection emphasis is on keeping sources relevant to
the interests and needs of the young patron. Occasionally duplicate
copies are purchased to satisfy patron demand, but, in general,
single copies are sufficient.
Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
- reading level.
- new works.
- budget constraints.
- circulation statistics.
- patron requests.
- shelf space.
- visual appeal.
- Titles with child appeal that continue to be used are considered for
- Physically worn materials are replaced or updated.
- Books are withdrawn due to damage, loss, drop in general interest
level as evidenced by circulation figures, or content relevancy and
- Titles with multiple copies are checked for usage, and duplicate copies
are withdrawn as demand decreases.