Book Recordings

General Comments

This collection consists of adult fiction and nonfiction, young adult fiction and nonfiction, junior fiction and nonfiction (audience level third through sixth grade child), and children's easy fiction and nonfiction (audience level pre-school through second grade child). Books recorded on CD or in other audio format are purchased in unabridged format. The fiction collection includes classics and popular fiction. The nonfiction collection covers a range of subject areas including best-sellers, instructional, self-improvement, and language. Classics of children's literature and recommended easy-fiction works are collected. Some recordings may include an accompanying book.

Development Plan

The primary goal of this collection is to provide fiction and nonfiction books in an audio format. In order to meet these goals, the Library:
  • strives to provide a selection of recorded books to meet the variety of likes and tastes of patrons.
  • evaluates patron requests either through reviews, or knowledge and popularity of the author or title. Patron requests are given serious consideration and added to the collection as warranted and as budget allows.
  • strives to provide a core collection of recommended easy-fiction titles and classics of children's literature.

Influencing Factors

Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
  • new works.
  • budget constraints.
  • circulation statistics.
  • patron requests.
  • shelf space.
  • access to a fully developed collection at the main library.


  • Informal weeding takes place continuously as items are checked for damage as they are circulated and/or shelved.
  • Circulation statistics, condition, and new technology are the principle deciding factor in the replacement or withdrawal of a title from the collection.