What to do? You considered all options, grant writing being foremost, finding a local space for the books, and upping your distribution efforts. But you dismissed these options after realizing that you, and you alone, would be taking on this task.
So, you finally decided that for now, you would act in your own self-interests. You limited yourself to one day of work, sorting. Sorting was what you most liked to do anyways. Your sorting efforts would benefit VCRS in that you would cull out the right wing and religious books, and as well, all the out-of-date books, so as to provide the shredders with work, generate some cash flow, and reduce the number of books on hand. And, additionally, you could, in being judicious in your culling efforts, make room in the limited space for more books.
You’d also take those books home for your personal library and for friends, which are the ones that have won major awards. And you’d take additional books home and see if you might sell them online.
Oddly enough, you are now happy with this arrangement. You’re having access to the books that have come in means that you get to pick and choose and ultimately have dibs on the best of the best.
Will things ever change? Not in the foreseeable future. The powers that be don’t want for you to get a stipend, nor do they want to invest any time or money into this project.
You are okay with it all because you got this project going and, in its own way, it’s still going. The going may be half-assed, but the half-assed are still going.
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