Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Trekker Friday Fiction

Star Trek: The Truth Machine
Cerf
1977

I found this browsing a collection looking for something for a patron and just got so excited. (I think the kid I was helping thought I was having some kind of “episode”) I had to get my hands on this book! I am a fan of the original series and all the others. I also have an Enterprise pizza cutter, a Klingon dictionary and a book of poetry by Mr. Spock.

This book reads like an episode and the pictures do look like the characters.  However, I am not sure that I am the target market for the juvenile fiction section of a library.(I know a hundred adults that would get a kick out of this in a heartbeat.) Note the illustration where Mr. Spock breaks out PENCIL AND PAPER to draw up some plans!

Is juvenile fiction the best place for this? It would be a slam dunk for a book sale or an adult looking for those looking to re-live a few childhood moments.Modern kids? Probably not.

Live long and prosper,

Mary

Vintage Fiction:

Cherry Ames

Susan Brown, Camp Counselor

The Lovliest Librarian

“One Black, One White, One Blonde”

Trouble after school

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How to Be Attractive

How to be attractive
Bennett
1951, 2d ed., rev. and enl.

Submitter: The original edition was from 1948. Our copy does not have the cover shown – the library assistant who discovered this brilliant work (and read it cover to cover) found the cover on the web. We were struck by the fact that, for the most part, being attractive in this volume means being attractive to men (although there is that token glance at being attractive to women–but not that way, of course). The three-page discourse on what do to if a man becomes “fresh” (do some serious soul-searching and blame yourself) is particularly revealing. We were also charmed by the photograph of the woman moisturizing her hands (this photo was part of a two-page spread on the subject)–the child looks like he’s plotting serial murder. We are an academic library, and are happy to be weeding this little volume from our collection.


Holly: 
These self-care books for women in the 50’s just kill me. The woman on the cover looks like a manikin or a Stepford Wife or something. And submitter is right about the first picture below. All I can think is “It puts the lotion on its skin.”

More Beauty Tips for the Ladies:

Robot Beauty

How to be Pretty in 1974

Save Your Face!

Be a Sexy Woman with Debbie!

Ask a Man

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Typewriter Practice

Basic Typewriting Drills
Wanous
1978

Submitter: Who wouldn’t want a typewriting practice book? Obviously that would be so much more helpful than the dozens of free keyboarding practice games available online. My favorite part of this book, aside from the fact that it has never been weeded from my public library, is that it comes with a built-in stand so you can set it up right next to your typewriter while you practice.

Holly: That does make it pretty handy. My favorite feature are the ripped, torn pages and cover, barely holding on to the spiral binding. If the examples were at least a computer keyboard, it would be better, but they show manual typewriters. There’s probably a whole section on the carriage return!

More Old Office Skills and Drills:

How Quaint!

Typewriter Town

Type This Up!

Dictate This!

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