Libraries Can’t Buy Every Book

After reading Backstage Cat, ML saw a picture of the cover for Red Cat, Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond on the book’s jacket flap. ML insisted I check it out. Unfortunately, our library doesn’t own this title. I took the opportunity to explain libraries are like us. They can’t buy everything.

Luckily, our library participates in Interlibrary Loan; a service
which requests books from other library systems. Sometimes it only takes a week or so to receive a book. Other times months. Within a month, we received Red Cat, Blue Cat from Sandhills Community College. Books move all around the nation daily via this service.

It was worth the wait. Jenni Desmond’s book did not disappoint. Blue Cat is smart. Red Cat is jealous. Red Cat is fast and bouncy. Blue Cat is jealous. Each cat tries a variety of ways to be like the other; eating foods of blue or red, dressing in red clothes or painting oneself with blue paint. Finally, each cat is content to be itself. With this new confidence, they develop a beautiful friendship. All is well until Yellow Cat arrives. Yellow Cat can sing. Should Red Cat and Blue Cat start singing?

Can’t find what you’re looking for in your library’s catalog? Ask if they participate in Interlibrary Loan.

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