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Almost my entire fiction collection is paperback, with the exception of a
few hardback picture books.  Very few of the latest titles come in hardcover
so without paperbacks my fiction collection would be non-existent - even if
they were available in hardback they would be to expensive. Each one is
catalogued and covered and circulated just as any other title is, and if
they wear out from overuse, that's cool.  It means I have bought stuff the
kids want to read.  And what they are reading is modern, up-to-date with
authors and themes that they like

I would much rather replace worn-out paperbacks than weed and throw out
unread hardcovers that someone from another era thinks is what the kids
SHOULD read. Computers have a shelf-life of three years - why expect books
to be even more?

Barbara  Braxton
Teacher Librarian
Palmerston District Primary School

T. 02 6205 6162
F. 02 6205 7242
"Together, we learn from each other."

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