Dale mentioned that he was going to request his local library to purchase Eric Toenmeier's Carbon Farming book from his library, and I was an immediate copy cat. While going through the short process, and using the information so easily available in Burra's summary, I thought about an interesting new strategy for spreading the word. (I was kind of inspired by the recent thread about translating memes into every language, and spreading Mollison and others' wisdom around the world.
So how bout we all request our libraries add this and other seminal works to their collections. It will boost sales for the author and publisher, give access to millions of library patrons across the country, let the libraries know there are people who WANT this kind of information. Surely there are other benefits to having library acquisition caompaigns, but I've forgotten the time and must run.
The Carbon Farming Solution by Eric Toensmeier published by Chelsea Green in 2016. That's all the information my library requested.
So I back you Thekla - the more people who request their libraries by Permaculture books, the greater likelihood that Joe Average, or Notyet Enlightened will see the book and hopefully pick it up and read it.
Already, I am wondering why I have not already requested the library purchase a few good books I know of. Deborah Niemann's Natural Goat Care comes to mind, but there are so many others. I plan to check and see if the library already has gaia's garden, because if they don't they need to have such a classic. And the Permies book grid is a great source for books to request.
I think Gaia's Garden is one of the best "Introduction to Permaculture" books a library can own. It seems to cover the key concepts in a readable, accessible way. I'm in a regional library system that covers much of Vancouver Island and the smaller islands and they own 7 copies and not a single one is currently available. This is not an uncommon situation either.
Deciding which are the best permaculture books for your library to own is not easy. There are many factors from location, size of library system, interest in gardening etc to take into account. I know from the number of reserved and signed out books on permaculture in my system, that the demand is huge. The list of permaculture books VIRL owns is really impressive, and I admit that I was at least one of the instigators for several (Restoration Agriculture, Edible Forest Gardens Vol I and Botany in a Day are three examples - we never did figure out why they owned EFG Vol II, but not Vol I).
Good luck at spreading the joy of reading!
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Makes me think that some computer-savvy permie should try one of those crowd-sourcing fundraisers specifically for buying sets of basic permaculture books for libraries willing to put them in their system. It would be very hard for me to justify, as my library already has such an incredible selection. However, I'm well aware how others are not so lucky.
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Title: The Carbon Farming Solution
Author: Eric Toensmeier
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And I get my own copy thanks to the totally awesome premies.com site.
This makes me happy!