Bill Cosby: Coming At You
Submitter: I am submitting this book that I found in my elementary school library. It is a biography of Bill Cosby. It was published in 1978, so it was before The Cosby Show. The book focuses mainly on his childhood and and his beginnings in the entertainment industry, up until his success with Fat Albert. The first date that the book was recorded as checked out was March 10, 1983, so our library has had it for over 30 years. The last recorded checkout was October 31, 2004 (which kind of surprised me, but maybe the student didn’t realize it was quite so old). I weeded this book because of its age and lack of circulation, but also because of current events. I thought that some of the pages I sent you were pretty funny if you read the quotes out of context including the first page “Did the things you tell about really happen?” and page five “You know she’ll say no the first time you ask, but you know that if you can get her to laughing, you can get around her.” I know everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but I thought that this one was too good not to share.
Holly: Sadly, people will read lines like those out of context. No matter what, Bill Cosby warrants biography space on the shelf because of his work – never mind his personal life. There are definitely other biographies with more information. The Cosby Show was HUGE! You have to include that. This book even pre-dates Jell-o Jigglers!
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Submitter: It’s not that the information in the book is out of date, it’s just that the photos make it feel dated. I think that if this was republished with updated photos, then you might have a winner.
Holly: The pictures (below) are priceless. That could be my Grandpa and my Dad in the 70s, living the dream with their bowling league. What the heck is the guy doing spiking the bowling ball, though? Not cool, sir. I also learned that “double balling” is disapproved of. I should say so.
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Submitter: I am an Architecture Librarian, so this 1964 title caught my eye at my local public library. Although my library doesn’t own it; we might, and I stress might, keep it for the architects to look back as a style guide. However, it is completely out of date for a public library. None of these buildings would meet the tough building code requirements of today. The tax and construction cost data is also out of date.
Holly: If I were to build a cabin or modern vacation home, I would want the most up-to-date book I could find. I would pour over home plan books and magazines and Pinterest and HGTV. What I would not do is check out a book from 1964.
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