However, if you are a library professional, and you are using library materials to build a book tree as a display in your library, then I am calling you out. There are a million and one ways to decorate and share your festive holiday spirit (have you looked at Pinterest lately?!) without sending your patrons the wrong message. “But we chose general collections, circulating materials!” you say. “We used that serial journal that no one ever even looks at!” you might add. It doesn’t matter. You’re showing everyone who walks into your library that it is o.k. not to handle borrowed library materials respectfully, because you as a library are not treating them respectfully.
PREACH IT, SISTER MELISSA!
Archival box trees are okay, though.
And if your library has one of these book trees made out of withdrawn materials, for goodness sake, put up a sign that explains what that means! Most non-library folk have no idea how to tell a withdrawn book from a still-circulating one.