Swipe Right Weeding

OK, here's one way I weed. Go Tinder.
Get a book cart and travel around (Fiction or NF) and look at the books.

Be surface.

Be superficial.

Be judgey.

I make quick decisions. I don't agonize over it. I pull any books that are suspect, beat up, butt ugly, dated illustration, dated cover art, and just not attractive - SWIPE Left. Put them on the left side of cart shelf. Then, with titles I'm on the fence about, put them on the right side of the cart shelf - then go and check those books on PAC to how many times they were really checked out & make the final decisio

I will re-read a blurb here and there and the first couple pages if I'm really on the fence. I'll be honest, I got rid of a LOT of historic fiction a couple years ago. They just weren't moving. It pained me to get rid of the American Girl series, once so popular & an easy read - but they weren't moving. Our shelf space is limited & valuable real estate.

A book has to EARN their way onto it.   

No reports needed just a keen judgey eye. 

If it's a good or popular book but just with an ugly cover, I look in county PAC or Titlewave for a newer better looking cover & add it to my shopping cart. I put a post it note on it or put it on the other side of the weeding cart (I don't weed it yet - a kid might request it) and then I won't swap it out to weed until I get the better looking replacement book.

I guess you CAN judge a book by its cover. That’s precisely what the covers of books are for. Judging the book. I want kids to want and READ these books.

There.  My dirty little weeding secret.  Tinderize your weeding. Yeah, I went there.

What do you do to keep your collection fresh? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Collection Development: 

Weeding, of course, makes way for NEW books! Here's a peek at my 2021 Book List through Follett & Titlewave.  LOVE how you can analyze your book list with the Diversity filter!

And yeah, yeah, I haven't blogged a lot this year. Shocker. I think we're all hanging on and doing our best for our kiddos virtually or otherwise. Not going to make excuses - family, students, & self care first darlings! As always, if you need me - Tweet me, email me (check my contact page), Instagram DM me. I'm here for you - just writing blog posts right now isn't on the top of my list. 
Follow my Instagram for more posts. But not exactly daily, either! LOL  

Dear Readers, Love you, mean it, (but not in a creepy way) for sticking with me! 
New readers - welcome! I got a lot of helpful chirpy posts going back more than 10 years
Have at it! LOL Cheers dears!


  1. Hello, Gwyneth. I just discovered your blog today. I love your insights and the vibrant colors you use to welcome readers. Thank you for your tips on weeding your library books. I may apply it here at home. Having been mostly in my attic bedroom/office during the pandemic, I have been thinking about how to spring clean my personal book collection throughout the house. I don’t have a library cart, but perhaps my laundry basket with built-in divider will do the trick. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Gwyneth! I was just introduced to your blog today through my teacher librarian course. I love your catchy titles and enthusiasm. I definitely like your "swipe right weeding" tip - very easy and practical, and fun :) Thanks.

  3. Hi Gwyneth,

    Thanks for sharing your insight on weeding. I am a new teacher librarian and am excited to take over the library at my school. The task of weeding seems daunting as its been over 2 years since anyone has done any. I love your confidence in knowing what books will move and which covers to replace to get those books back in the hands of students. I am looking forward to swiping left and freeing up space for more new diverse books that better represent my students.


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