Palo Alto, CA – Each December, the editors of the New York Times Book Review compile a list of 100 notable books published during the year. And each December, to gauge how well book selection has been done, the staff of the Palo Alto City Library goes through the list to count how many of those hundred titles the library has acquired throughout the year. This year, the library did better than it ever had before, with 99 of the 100 titles appearing in its online catalog—and a reason for lacking the hundredth.
“The one item from the Times list we don’t have was rejected on purpose,” said Monique le Conge, the Library Director. “It’s Chris Ware’s Building Stories, which isn’t a book as such, but rather, a boxed kit, containing 14 separate items. It’s great for an individual, but not suitable for public library use.” In years past, the Library consistently reached the mid-90s of the 100 Notables. “We would have had a perfect score this year but for that one curveball. It’s like a trick question on an exam,” added le Conge.
The same good news applies locally. The library has copies of all 12 titles recommended by staff members of local bookstores Kepler’s and Books Inc. Those titles were listed in the November 30 issue of the Palo Alto Weekly.
For more information about the Palo Alto City Library and to access the library catalog, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/library.