Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

But who will do the cooking and cleaning?

The Two Career Couple

Submitter: The opening prolog to this books states “Used-car dealers are shady. Librarians are quiet and a bit boring.” Thanks for the compliment and associating us with lemon dealers. This book would have been a great choice for a library when it was first published. That was 1979. 35 years later, it’s time to find something a little more up to date.

Holly: It kills me that they were worried about how they’ll keep the house clean and the potential for affairs as women started to work. It also kills me that some women feel a need to justify NOT working these days. What a change in attitudes!

More 9-5ers:

Keeping Hubby Happy

You’re Going to Make it After All

Working for the (Wo)man

How to Play Nice with Boys at Work

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Down with the Sickness

Germs make me sick: A Health Handbook for Kids
Donahue and Capellaro

Submitter: This is a cute little book, that sadly is very out of date. Although I am no longer working in a public library, I have to imagine people would be asking for information on Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68.), Bird Flu, and Ebola.  Well they’re not in this book. Not a good idea to keep medical advice from 1975.

Holly: Agree! The miserable little characters are adorable, though. Especially the puker on the cover. Nice.


More Sickly Choices:

Diseases From Space

You Are Such a Tight-A$$

Leukemia Man to the Rescue

Love Bugs

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Lady Jobs

Blue-Collar Jobs for Women: A Complete Guide to Getting skilled & Getting a High-Paying Job in the Trades


Submitter: My large local public library has reciprocal lending with a local community college library. Therefore we can borrow books from them. This book was part of the career section for their students. Both the local library and the community college library have copies of this book. A career book for women from 1979! The book is full agencies and departments to write to for more information on the listed careers. How many of them are still in their locations, never mind still existing, is unknown. I have worked in libraries for 18 years. This book is older than me. I think it’s time to withdraw and get something newer.


Holly: Totally. I am NOT climbing a telephone pole for $6.86 an hour, with the hope of someday reaching $8.34 an hour. Not. Happening.

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