Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Secrets of the Club Ladies

The Clubwoman’s Manual
Monro and Monro

Ladies of the club, please come to order. This really is a book from another time.  These clubs have a long tradition of promoting education and charity.  More than one public library out there owes their existance to a ladies clubs. ( The General Federation of Women’s Clubs has an interesting timeline of the history of these clubs. )

This is basically a how-to manual. The part I found amusing is the amount of ceremony involved. This is serious business. My mom has been a part of clubbing for many years, but I honestly thought they just had cocktails and discussed some book or other interesting topic. Any modern club ladies out there want to comment?

I can’t imagine anyone in a modern women’s club finding this info particularly helpful. My personal experience with this topic has usually just involved Robert’s Rules of Order.  I think we can safely weed this in 2014 for some more modern publications. I would imagine the General Federation has materials to help as well.

In the words of Groucho Marx: “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”


More Meetings and Clubs:

Ladies, Come to Order!

Go Team! 

Motion to make bar service mandatory

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Phone a Friend

You and Your Telephone

Submitter: My wife and I discovered this lovely little gem at our local public library. I’m so glad I can finally read about the merits of renting vs. purchasing my own phone!

Holly: My favorite is the three-step illustration on how to plug in the phone line to the back of the phone. It’s not that hard, people. You know what else isn’t that hard? Making the decision to weed this book.

More Phun with Phones:

Call Me Maybe

Phun with Phones

Your Mama’s Cell Phone

Call Me

Telephone Time


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Type Up Your Personal Problems

College Typewriting with Personal Problems

Submitter: I have a book we just recently weeded at [a university library] that I think you’ll like. The “with personal problems” is what first cracked me up. I couldn’t help thinking, “No thanks, I have enough already.” Aside from the humorous nature of the title, I’m not sure why we were still holding onto a book on typewriting, let along one that is over seven decades old. We’re an academic library, but I can assure you the school’s mission does not include the collecting of vintage textbooks.

Holly: Oh, brother. (Ha! See what I did there? Actually, this book was published back when Brother made sewing machines, not typewriters.) Books about typing are great for libraries of various types, but for the love of Smith Corona, please update them!

Type ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em:

How Quaint!

Type This Up!

Typewriter Town

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