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The Plymouth Public Library, with an annual collection budget of $19,000 is struggling to provide the community with an up-to-date collection. Jonah Aben, the director, has been weeding since he started a year ago, concerned about the very dated books on the shelves.
Consider, for example, the foul-ups that might have occurred if someone checked out â€œNew Ways in First Aidâ€? but neglected to notice its publication date. The guidebook was printed in 1971 â€“ nearly 35 years ago.
Abenâ€™s growing scrap pile also contains â€œSo You Want to Be a Nurseâ€? from 1961, â€œManaging the Young Adultsâ€? from 1967, and the comparatively recent â€œWindows 95 for Dummies.â€?
In addition to raising funds through book sales, the library has made a "wish list" of most-needed items available to the public.