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  • Girls Meets The Baby-Sitters Club Mashup: Characters from Girls photoshopped onto BSC covers with the titles altered appropriately.
  • From candykane on the BSC Boards, here’s an article on whether libraries should keep or discard the original BSC books. What’s your take? I’d want to keep them, obviously, but I’m aware of space limitations, wear and tear on paperback books that are nearly 30 years old, etc. I think a good compromise would be to have the new books (graphic novels and rereleases), and then have the ebooks available, if your library does that, for kids who get hooked.
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    thepastperfect said, January 16th, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I was thinking about #2 recently because I’m thinking about starting Sweet Valley Kids for my friend’s daughters (they are twins and one is called Lila), but then I don’t want them to get hooked on the series and not be able to get the later books at the library. As a librarian, I’m a big fan of using stats for justification, but if you have 130 volumes from the same series, each book might have only a few circulations. (Well, okay, not “a few” after this many years, but fewer per item than, say, if you only had two copies of Gone Girl on the shelf.) I would definitely agree with replacing damaged items with e-copies, if possible.

    greer said, January 16th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    @thepastperfect Yeah, I’m really glad that Scholastic has chosen the route of releasing everything on ebook, not just the original series up to a certain level before the quality level dropped for this very reason. Have they done anything similar for SVH and the rest of their spinoffs? I only read a handful, so I haven’t really been following it and I haven’t heard anything since the original SV Confidential was reached. These 80s and 90s series are so fun and so good for getting kids hooked on reading, but there’s always that danger. There are three Girl Talk books I never got, and I guess I’ll have to resort to Amazon…

    thepastperfect said, January 18th, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    SVH a little bit; the first 12 are available in e-format. And obviously all the new stuff (Confidential and the six volumes of The Sweet Life.) But none of the early spinoffs, which were my favorites. I guess I understand — there are just SO MANY BOOKS — but it also seems like it wouldn’t be that much work for the potential payoff of more sales than they’d have otherwise.

    racergal12 said, January 18th, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Your compromise is a good one I think. I recently tried to put some BSC books on hold at the library I work at only to find out that they didn’t have them anymore. I think if the books are in good condition, they should be kept.

    greer said, February 3rd, 2015 at 9:58 am

    @racergal12 I guess they take up a lot of space, and are the kind of books that get beaten up quickly (although I know they did make hardcover library editions, but I have several BSC books that are ex-library books and they are paperback). So I guess librarians would spend a lot of time mending them.

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