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Popular program back at library

By Sharon Amann | Lackland Library | Dec. 16, 2009

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — For Lackland Library patrons thirsty for best sellers, the three-year drought is over.

The McNaughton best seller-leased-book program, cancelled in 2007, is back.

"It's been a very lean time for our most voracious readers," explained Lenore Shapiro, director of the Lackland library system. "We've done our best to purchase some of the most popular fiction and non-fiction titles with our regular budget, but we've had nothing like the numbers of books available with a dedicated program for leased books."

A leaner version of the McNaughton program has been reintroduced from funding by Col. Patrick Fogarty, 37th Mission Support Group commander.

"We explained to the colonel how important this program has been to our customers in the past and he found the money to fund it for fiscal 2010," said Ms. Shapiro. "Our reference librarian has started ordering and the books have begun to roll in."

The new program will allow the Lackland main library to select 40 titles a month with a cap of 800 books in the library at any one time. The patient library will select 10 books per month with an inventory cap of 200 titles on the shelf.

"The beauty of this program is that as popular books age out and become less in demand we can trade them in for new best sellers. It's a win-win for us and our clientele," Ms. Shapiro said.

The McNaughton collection will be housed at the front of the main library, in the shelving to the left of the doors.