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Books Spice Up Your Life

 New books available at the Library.It’s been said that variety is the spice of life, and I think that goes for a library’s collection of books, too.

“We strive to buy a wide variety of genres and topics because our goal is to have materials on the shelves that appeal to a wide variety of people,” said Lisa Sampley, who manages and purchases the books, CDs and DVDs for the ten branches and bookmobile in the Springfield-Greene County Library District.

With a budget of $1.5 million, she and her co-workers each month add 5,000 to 8,000 new items to the District’s collection of approximately half-million books. “About 24% is fiction, about the same percentage nonfiction and the rest is children and teen titles,” she said.

A stroll through the “new books” shelves at the Library Center was an easy demonstration of Sampley’s focus on variety. Here’s what I found:

Jeanne C. Duffey, community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District, can be reached at jeanned@thelibrary.org.

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