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Good Question: How do libraries pick their books?

Each year here in Lexington when you pay your property taxes you are helping keep the shelves stocked at the many public libraries across town with the latest good reads.

Have you ever thought about the work that goes into finding those books?

Good Question: How do libraries pick their books?

Inside the doors of the Beaumont Branch Library there is a wealth of knowledge.

At the Beaumont location, there are some 120,000 selections to choose from, take your pick comedy, mystery even romance.

When it comes to all those great titles who picks them?

Karen Davis does, she is the Manager of the Beaumont Branch.

"I do all the things a librarian does, I work the desk sometimes, I help out with reference, really help out anywhere I'm needed, help out at children's Circulation." said Davis.

She is one of the people who scours thousands of book titles each year looking for the next good read.

"We get new books everyday." said Davis.

The books are not blindly selected, Davis says she does her homework.

"When they are ordered, the other selector and I do most of our ordering from reviews, we know what we are getting."

So how do those new selections make it to the shelves, ready for our taking?

"Downtown they have a department that orders them, checks them in, and puts all the covers on them. There is a lot of work behind the scenes getting the items here."

For Davis being surrounded by books is a dream job and making sure you have the right book makes it even better!

If you have a suggestion for a book that you would like to see in the library just log on to the Lexington Public Library's website-www.lexpublib.org.


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