The fine folks at the National Book Foundation have issued a call for nominations for the Innovations in Reading 2010 prize. The prize recognizes individuals or organizations who have developed “innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading.”
One of the winners of the prize in 2009 was the Perry Branch of the Maricopa County Library District, which did away with Dewey and shelved its books in browsable “neighborhoods,” the way bookstores do. Circulation rates are way up, and customer feedback has been great. I can’t say this idea hasn’t occurred to me many times–if only we could make our library look more like a really awesome, welcoming bookstore! I love hearing about a library that’s actually done it.