The library may be acquiring a new ‘Popular Reading’ section according to Senior Reference Librarian Rose Johnston.
“I expect 100 or so new books to be coming in by the beginning of April,” Johnston said. “We ordered the books last semester and we had hoped they’d be here, but they’re not.”
Given the high prices of new books in Egypt and the unavailability of the newest titles, students are eager for new popular novels.
“That’s so cool...I tried browsing through the shelves a couple of times trying to look for stuff and I could never really find anything light,” said Rachel Ramey, a TEFL Graduate student.
Authors such a John Grisham, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, John Le Carre and Elizabeth Peters along with best sellers like ‘Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen, the ‘Twilight’ saga by Stephenie Meyer and the complete Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
“I had quite a few students asking me ‘oh, where do I find something good to read?’ Or ‘I just to want to read something not related to academics’,” added Johnston.
“The Library of Congress system classification doesn’t lend itself to that.”
Johnston hopes that the increasing popularity of new books will usher in future events like book clubs, discussions and ‘Books of the Month’ selections.
“I hadn’t really planned that far ahead,” Johnston said. “All my focus has been on getting these books here! But I’m very excited…it’ll make a nice friendly reading selection available for everyone.”