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The Book Stash Adventures — Part 1

Again, let me appropriate a popular saying (like how I began a past blog entry). “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Yes, this can’t be any truer for me as I carry out a book-related chore. It’s not cleaning up the Augean stables or anything herculean, thank God. It’s actually just a revamping of the old mini-library here where I am, in Don Bosco Batulao.

Admittedly, however, it’s taking a bit of time. But that’s because I can only do it a little at a time (certainly not in one surge or sitting). The first phase consists in purging the collection: getting rid of old, irrelevant, and useless volumes. I began it shortly after I transferred here (and that’s already almost half a year ago), and it’s still ongoing as I write this — just to give you an idea of the progress. The concrete result of this Phase One is a lot of books ending up as donations to others. In fact, we already shipped boxloads of old encyclopedias and academic books to the newly reopened Don Bosco Academy in Bacolor, Pampanga. Others were simply thrown away. (Anyway they really deserved to be thrown away, believe me. I even thought of burning some, in true medieval or Fahrenheit 451 fashion.)

In the meantime, I don’t hesitate to avail of the loot myself! The discards of many others are given new life . . . in my own personal library as well. (Actually, a good number of the books in this mini-library are rejects and hand-me-downs of Salesians who were assigned here in Batulao years ago — so what else is new?) I’ve already taken three volumes for my youth ministry collection. A bigger number is now in my bedroom — novels, as you might guess. And that includes an original Marvel Comics graphic novel of The Screwtape Letters!

To be continued.

MartYM or Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB, SThD is a professor of Youth Ministry. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

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