Submitter: Earlier this year while we were only doing curbside service, a patron called and asked for dinosaur books for her kids. Somehow I had missed this gem while weeding the J-nonfiction, and I was so glad that I found it before anyone else did. I deleted it before I looked to see how many circs (if any) it had- it hadn’t circulated at all since I got here a year and a half ago. My favorite picture is the one with the guy (Adam?) lovingly petting the little Parasaurolophus.
Holly: Here’s a prime example of knowing what your community wants. There are definitely communities where this sort of thing is in demand. There are also libraries with very strong “balance of viewpoint” statements in their collection policies, who would want to have something like this in their collection no matter how unpopular it is. I’m guessing, by Submitter’s horror of discovering this, that it is not something that is asked for in their library, and that it’s important that their patrons do not stumble on it accidentally. I don’t know Submitter or their community, so that is a possibility. I was curious about my own library’s youth collection, so I did subject searches for both “bible and science” and “animals in the bible,” which are subject headings of this book. We have a few Noah’s Ark books in the youth non-fiction 200’s (I don’t know if they cover dinosaurs…), but our only “bible and science” books are in adult non-fiction. That tracks for our community.