Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Spuds

Potatoes: All About Them
Silvertstein
1976

Submitter: I can’t imagine a better way to turn children off of reading nonfiction than to hand them this book. The information in it is still mostly accurate, but the illustrations are so horribly dated that it’s no surprise this one hasn’t left the shelves since 2007. Time to replace this with a book containing full-color photographs.

Holly: You know what kids really need? A book about potatoes. Maybe a whole series! They could follow this one up with “Yams: Your Friend and Mine.” That said, if there is a current book with nice color pictures about potatoes and a jazzier title and presentation, it would definitely be an improvement. Folks in Idaho might find it useful!

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Ye Olde Fashion Careers

Fashion Business: It’s All Yours
Hamburger
1976

Submitter: I found this gem in a small urban public library. I get so upset at old career guides for patrons. Here is some career advice for the fashion industry. When is this from? 90’s? – Nope. Don’t say the 1980’s? Nope! 1976. This is still in a public library, with two other copies at local schools that share their catalogue. Its almost 40 years old. Taking up space, collecting dust and helping no one.  I highlighted a nice little blurb about the current hosts of the Today show. Barbra Walters and Jim Hartz.

Holly: Puh-leaze. Please. PLEASE. Weed your career books. #Please

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Back to the Future in Fashion Design

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Are You My Dad? – Friday Fiction

 

Following the Mystery Man
Hahn
1988

When I saw this cover art, I thought it had ALB potential based on the cover. It looked old and the creepy porn glasses on the guy gave me pause. Too bad, because the book isn’t too bad. It’s dated, but very readable.

Madigan Maloney is in a small town living with her grandmother. Madigan’s mother died a long time ago and she never met her father. However, a stranger comes to town and rents a room from her grandmother. He is initially somewhat charming and Madigan is convinced he is her long lost father. Of course there is a darker side and plenty of intrigue and danger as the story unfolds. Of course, nothing is what it seems.  I like this theme of identity and initial impressions. Put a contemporary cover on this book and it might go over well in this day and age.

Mary

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Friday Fiction – Prey 

The Girl Who Wanted a Boy

The Town is On Fire

The Legitimate Rape of Andrea

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