So I'm going through alllll of my books (well, trying to, at this point!) for my classroom library and sorting them by genre. Last year, I noticed that my genre collections got a good bit of use, while students who went to the books that were just shelved by author tended to stand in front of the bookcases and stare at everything kind of blankly!
But as I was sorting, I noticed that some of the books were looking rather well-loved, to put it kindly. Cracked spines, yellowing pages, corners bent or ripped off entirely, pages coming loose from the binding... and I'm not sure what to do. These are books that are good, fun books but not treasures. They're beat-up enough that I won't get any money for them at the used bookstore. And I'm afraid that if I continue to lend them to students they'll get destroyed entirely.
I'm just not sure what to do about them.