BOOKS Here comes something very sentimental and not very logical: MY BOOKS. Quick history: I grew up on a farm in a very remote area. Dad didn't read much outside of the newspaper. Mom and older brother were voracious readers. Mom subscribed to a book club that sent a new one each month. As a teen I did read a few of them, but not all. I recall a book shelf about 4 by 8 loaded by the black books from the subscription. The local drugstore had a few paperbacks, which occasionally found their way to Mom's collection. Our occasional trip to Idaho Falls (90 miles) always brought back a few paperbacks. When I finished my graduate studies in Austria, wife (Austrian) and I shipped back two 3 by 3 by 4 wooden shipping crates, one of which was loaded with books, which, 54 years later, I still have. During my time as a professor (22 years) I belonged to a scholarly organization, which, like Mom's, required the purchase of a book a few times per year. I have a number of those. To end this part I estimate that we have about a thousand books, stashed in three rooms and the garage. This, after we donated two large cardboard boxes to the county library. To end this part, I mention that when I went to the university library to get a book I needed for teaching and research, I had to stop and browse here and there, and I miss the book stores that once were in the malls where I waited for wife. Now, here's the point of this screed: I haven't opened many (most?) of them for years. If I have the need or wish to read one of them, or refresh something I researched or taught decades ago, I search for it on the internet. Most of the old technical books are out of copyright, thus available online. My kindle stash has many downloads, including some things in my collection. So what's the issue here? Wife and I are considering moving to a “Village” for elders. My Books??!!!?! I FEEL them, even though I don't read them much any more. When we negotiate moving to one of the cottages or condoms, can I negotiate moving my collection to the “village” library? Many of them are in German. I'd feel good making the collection available to others, and even better if people snitched them for their own collection. When I spring this on my wife, a voracious reader who checks out many books from the county library, she will role her eyes and point out how ridiculous this is.