Paperback Retirement

damaged cover of goosebumps

Escape from the Carnival of Horrors

This book was given to us by a Page with the note slapped on the cover. You can see the back cover also suffered some stress as well. This particular paperback had nearly 100 checkouts when it was retired. Given the condition, I am going to guess that was maybe 50 circs too many. Damaged books are easy weeders and can improve the look of a collection without too much trauma on those folks who maybe like to hang on to stuff a bit too long. It is also a good strategy if a library hasn’t been weeded in a while. In a way, we should be proud when books like this have served the public well. I am quite sure that this book was pretty much loved to death.



damaged goosebumps back cover


  1. I loved Goosebumps as a kid! They were my fav whenever I went to the library (that and the Babysitters Club, and Sweet Valley High/Middle School/Kids). Yep Child of the late 80’s early 90’s!

  2. Plus, Goosebumps might have run its course. Very few have been checked out from here in the last few years.

  3. Of course, there’s probably an argument for replacing it too, if it still circulated well in that condition.

  4. A library where I used to work had a volunteer who would refer to such books as “overcherished”. That’s my favorite word for them. 🙂

  5. If you got a new copy of this, it’d probably continue to circulate. Goosebumps continue to be popular with kids today, especially with the movie recently released. They’ve re-released them with new covers, too.

  6. put another sticky note on the cover saying “this is intentional the monster bit it”

  7. I don’t know why this is the case, but ALL my older Goosebumps paperbacks in our library look like this with the chunks out of the corners. I find it hilarious! (until I have to tape and fix them for the hundredth time!)

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