So when you think of ordering books, you must think of the PSAT, SAT, and GED prep, why? Well, it will help your local teens, when you purchase these books make sure they have one or two prep tests in them, those always help when you’re studying. Try to get it up to date, if you’re buying one today try to get a 2010 one, it’ll be more current and will be more like the actually test. Adding these books to your collection will not only help you with inter-library loans (it’s amazing how many libraries don’t shelve these type of books), but will also help the teens in the area, and will raise you teen patronage.

Small Town Librarian ♥

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2 Responses to SAT and GED

  1. Amanda Halfpenny says:

    We have unfortunately had a lot of problems with the GED books never being returned. Essentially people will get a library card for the sole reason of checking out a GED prep book and then never return it. When we call them, they have often moved away. All three of our copies are currently missing and many other copies in the our library system have the same status. I always want to give new library users the benefit of the doubt but these books are very expensive and having to buy new copies eats into our already small budget… Solutions?

    • Amanda,
      Here are a couple suggestions that I’ve come up with.

      1. Find the local adult ed, have it so that you rent the GED books to them and if the person they give it to doesn’t return the book, they won’t get their GED.

      2. Have a $30 (or how much the book cost) deposit for everyone who is taking the GED book out. If they return the book and nothing is marked in the book, then they will get their money back, but if the book is marked that money will go towards a new book. You’ll probably have to explain this to the patron at the time.

      3. My library, when we get people who apply for library cards, we take a copy of their driver’s license, because we have the same issue, but just with books and late fees and not GED books, yet.

      4. You could try to find a grant that would help with the cost of the GED books, since you’re promoting education and continuing education for adults.

      5. Turn the book into a reference book, that way they can’t take the book out of the library.

      6. You could also write to the publishers, maybe ask for a free copy and recommend them making a separate test booklet instead of including the test in the book.

      Hopefully this helps your library, and I’m glad to see that you’ve stopped by the blog 🙂

      Small Town Librarian ♥

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