County library books found in Hyrum trash bin
By Ryan M. Monk
October 16, 2006 | HYRUM -- A Dumpster full of Bookmobile
books was found across the street from Ridley's Food
and Drug recently.
"My little brother was going to the Dumpster to throw
out some things when he found them," said Hyrum resident
The Dumpster was so filled with books that when people
got in to sort through them they couldn't help but stand
on them. Stories ranging from children's books to Henry
Kissinger's Diplomacy could be found. Some were
stamped "Carbon County Bookmobile" on the inside cover.
They were probably dumped because they were no longer
circulating, said Marsha Herron, Cache County library
director. One of the books had not been checked out
in 13 years.
The collection management policy of the state Bookmobile
program says a book may be discarded for any of six
reasons: if it is obsolete or outdated; worn beyond
use; damaged; no longer circulating; one of many copies
of a formerly popular title; or if newer editions are
"We try not to throw them away," said Herron. "We
usually try to sell them to the public or a library
or even donate them to Deseret Industries. We stamp
ours 'discarded' when we discard our books."
There was no discarded stamp on the books from the
Linda Turner of the Carbon County Bookmobile could
not be reached for comment.
Many boxes of books were taken from the Dumpster.
One Dumpster diver, Hyrum resident Rose Rockwell, rescued
many children's books to send to a grade school teacher
in Brooklyn who is trying to start a class library.