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Boy Scout Liam Mallan, of Springfield, earned his Reading Merit Badge and his Citizenship and Community Badge from his work at the Rockingham Public LiBrary.

ROCKINGHAM >> Boy Scout Liam Mallan from Troop 252 in Springfield recently got an inside look at how libraries work when he decided to volunteer at the Rockingham Free Public Library.

Under the supervision and with guidance from Youth Services Librarian, Sam Maskell, Mallan took on a small collection development project. Collection development is the process of maintaining a library, which is made up of several steps. After selecting a few shelves in the youth non-fiction section for the project, Mallan started the process by first evaluating the books that were available. Books which had old and outdated information or were in poor condition were taken off the shelf to be considered for weeding, which is when books are removed from the collection for replacement.

The next part of the project required research. Mallan read several articles and reviews of books so that he could create a list of recommended titles that would improve the collection. The librarian reviewed the list and ordered many of the books Mallan recommended. When the books arrived, he learned how library books are cataloged so that the information can be found and he helped process them so that they could be borrowed from the library.

Through the work Mallan did at the library he will be earning his Reading Merit Badge and his Citizenship and Community Badge.

"I didn't realize how much work goes into choosing and processing books and I learned a lot about libraries," said Mallan. "I thought this was pretty fun."


The Rockingham Free Public Library is located at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls and online at