Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development


Making a Collection Count

The Teen Vegetarian

The Teen Vegetarian: A Teen Nutrition Book

Submitter: I don’t know how this one has managed to survive on the shelf for this long. I’m usually very strict with the health and diet collections. While the content of this one isn’t terribly bad, no teen is ever going to crack open a book with that cover. In my library, this one is even less likely to pull any circs as it pre-dates the creation of our YA non-fiction collection and was hiding in with the general non-fiction collection.

Holly: I wish Submitter had included page 14 (below) because I want to see how that paragraph ends. A loin-clothed Indian hermit? Really? Vegetarianism is much  more popular and mainstream now than it was even in 1991, so I doubt that’s what teens think of when they hear the word “vegetarian.” Also, what the heck are those things on the cover? Squashes? White eggplants? This is a very bizarre cover! It is cut off, and the full-length image is on Amazon, but this is still pretty odd.

More Dietary Options:

Tuna Chip Casserole or Tomato Cheese Delight?

Chilly Billy

Fabulous Fructose

Even Men Can Cook

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Abortion: The Sequel

Abortion II: Making the Revolution

Submitter: The number of strikes against keeping this book in the library are numerous. The book was first published in 1973, the year of the Roe vs. Wade court decision. While the contents may be of interest to academics interested in historical events leading up to this important court decision, it is of no interest to public library patrons. Especially as it has not checked out in over five years. In addition to the out-dated contents, the book binding is broken, the pages are turning yellow, and the book emits a funny smell. It definitely shows its 42 years of age!

Holly: There are really not many reasons why a public library needs to keep this. There are plenty of current books that give the same information, but in historical context. If your public library’s mission and purpose are to support university- or professional-level research, then great. Keep it. Otherwise, buy the Opposing Viewpoints volume on abortion (or something similar) and move on with your life.

Mary: The condition of the book makes it an automatic weed. However, my question is this a second in a series? Is it a sequel? What was the first book about? I hate cliffhangers.

But It’s Historical!:

History of Nursing

Encyclopaedia Britannica

High School Guide to Commies

Keeping America Safe for Democracy

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Sexy Therapy



Should a Therapist Have Intercourse With Patients?
Psychology Today

Submitter: This surprising 35 min cassette recording could have been compressed into a 5 second recording comprised of 1 word : NO

Holly: Was this actually something that the profession was questioning in the 1970s? It gives “sex therapy” a whole new meaning!

More Psychobabble:

Deviant Minorities

Doughnuts Made Me Do It

“You are such a tight ass”

Scream Your Way to Mental Health


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