Help! on how to preserve precious books – Florida Today
âOh the place for you and the place for me is the local public library …â
Remember that, people of a certain age?
Anyway, you meet the nicest, smartest people in the course of doing this column, and one of them is the remarkable Michael Boonstra, librarian at Brevard County Public Libraries, county archivist and source extraordinaire of history-related stories.
He is the man with the answers when it comes to preserving precious books.
Dear Help!: We have several childrenâs books that we want to keep, but are unsure of the best way to store for preserving them. Is it best to leave them on a bookshelf where they can âbreathe,â but get dusty, or store them in canisters? Either way, they would be inside air-conditioning and not in direct light.
According to Michael, you already are headed in the right direction by avoiding direct light and keeping the atmosphere right.
âUnfortunately in Florida, climate control causes issues,â he said. âIf there is no air-conditioning, you will get mildew and mold, so it is important to keep books in a controlled climate. … Light also is a major thing, so we recommend that you do not put a bookshelf in front of a window, for example.â
As for storage methods, he added, itâs probably better to pack those books away, but not too tightly (âDonât seal them up tight in Tupperware or anything.â) and, if possible, in acid-free packaging.
Indeed. Order them online or talk to the people at Meehanâs, 900 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, 321-727-3600.
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Assuming you started by contacting the company that sold you the phone or your mobile service provider, check out the web and phone books.
Weâll recommend SpaceCoast iRepair.com, which fixes all sorts of devices, including those pesky cracked tablets. Itâs located at 1865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Call 321-345-8245.
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