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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Area libraries pick up Crashing the Gate

I'm pleased to report that the King County Library System has picked up Crashing the Gate, the trailblazing new book from Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos and Jerome Armstrong of MyDD.

At the end of my review of the book posted nearly a month ago, I wrote:
You can also ask your local library system to stock the book, whether you're buying it or not, I've asked KCLS - the King County Library System - to add it to their catalog.
Early last March, while I was reviewing Crashing the Gate, I visited my local library and searched the catalog for the book. I didn't find any mention of it, so I filled out a book request form, asking KCLS to buy the book. I also showed the staff my copy.

A couple of days ago, I received an email from KCLS letting me know that I had a hold available for pickup at the Redmond Regional Library. I was puzzled, because I didn't remember having recently placed any holds.

I was delighted when I checked the details and saw the hold was for Crashing the Gate. The library apparently put the book on hold for me because I filled out that book request form asking them to buy it.

I checked out the library catalog online and observed that the library system has purchased multiple copies of the book. Currently, there are 15 holds on first copy returned of 8 copies. The Seattle Library System has also purchased multiple copies of the book; so they have it in their catalog as well.

The lesson is that one of the best things you can do to help promote Crashing the Gate is to ask your local library to stock the book, especially if you live in a rural or suburban area that has a smaller library system. SPS and KCLS may have the book catalogued now, but I'm betting that most of the smaller libraries in the Pacific Northwest (and across the nation) do not.

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