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Foiled by Foil

Book of Decorations coverAlcoa’s Book of Decorations : A Year-round Treasury of Easy-to-do Decorations for Holidays and Special Occasions
von Hagen
1959

Submitter: I can’t decide what I love most about this book — there is just too much awesome awfulness to choose from! From “Conny of Alcoa” (is that like Saul of Tarsus?) perched on the edge of the table in her smart 50’s shirt dress to the scarlet-haired beauty dipping her foiled toes in the water on page 90, this book is a gem. Glue together foil boots to hold lingerie at Christmas! (And don’t forget to invite your guests to “snip nuts to learn their fortunes.”) Hang foil donuts on your front door to impress the neighbors! Mound crushed foil up and stack fruit on it! Dress your son up as a mind control-foiling (yuk-yuk) Pippi Longstocking for Halloween! (Although the aliens may have already gotten him — notice the childish attempt at a Vulcan salute)

Holly: Wow. These are really…something. What possible excuse could a library make for keeping this in their collection? 1959??

 

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Step up your faith!

Church members who make God sick cover

Church Members Who Make God Sick
Rice
1944

Of course I had to pick up this title. Evidently, you are all making God sick when you blow off church, fail to read the Bible, and a host of other behaviors. Our author wants you to get off your butt and quit phoning in your Christian faith. These little vintage sermon books are always a bit interesting and I kind of get a kick out of the sensational titles. I am not sure that more modern, mainstream clergy would necessarily disagree with the intent, but probably would do it with a softer sell.

Mary

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Chicken Lamaze

Lamaze is for Chickens coverLamaze is for Chickens: A Guide to Prepared Childbirth
Green & Naab
1985

Submitter: This book was recently weeded from [a] Community Library in [Wisconsin]. Not only is it falling apart and thirty years old, but it is also a childbirth guide featuring cartoon chickens. I mean, come on! Imagine the meetings in which this book seemed like a good idea!
Lamaze is for Chickens: A Guide to Prepared Childbirth, is so ridiculous I removed it from the shelf the immediately! Imagine a childbirth guide with cartoon chickens representing real women – a chicken packing a bag for her trip to the hospital – except, there are also vivid close up black and white images of real childbirth! You don’t want to leave it lying around where the cartoonish cover art may attract unsuspecting children…yikes!

Holly: The title makes it sound like lamaze is for weaklings who are afraid of childbirth, like it is somehow laughable that a woman would want to consider it. I don’t think that’s what they intended, so the title is unfortunate. Also…chickens?

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