This Question Was Suggested to Me By Betty Carter Who
recalls that when library budgets were flush, she used to tell kids to take out at least four books a week — one suggested by a friend, one that suited an assignment, one that appealed to the kid, and one that Betty suggested that the young reader was willing to try out. She wonders whether, especially in school libraries, students are still able to take out that many, or if budget concerns (fear of lost books) have changed the rules. How does this work by age — is there a limit for younger kids, say pre-K-2, who might be seen as more likely to misplace books? (though you might also argue that books given to those younger kids are more likely to be seen and handled by parents). Does it vary by kind of book — for example lavish titles like Guinness Book of Records, or some DK extravaganza — are those still circulating or are they classified as reference?
In your (school or public) library, what are the rules on circulation, and do you think that influences the kinds of books kids check out? In other words, if you can only take a few, does that four narrow down to just what the child wants, or just what the child needs for an assignment?