Awful Library Books

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Friday Fiction – True Meaning of Cleavage

The True Meaning of Cleavage
Fredericks
2003

Submitter: I am taking care of a much-neglected teen section at a public library, and I found this little gem in the stacks. The title is enough to make me wonder, but this book also hasn’t circulated since 2005. Nearly a decade on the shelf is long enough. If I ever get a chance to read the book, I’ll be sure to write in and let you all know the true meaning of cleavage.

Holly: Well, the title is certainly “titillating.” (Too far?) At first, I thought this was non-fiction, but thankfully it is clearly teen fiction. The description at Worldcat says, “When Jess and Sari, best friends since seventh grade, begin their freshman year of high school and Sari becomes obsessed with a senior boy, Jess wonders if their friendship will survive.” It sounds like any number of books in teen fiction, actually. I agree that sitting on a shelf for ten years makes it a weeding candidate. (It’s actually been sitting on my own library’s shelves since July of 2012, but has 35 total circulations so it hasn’t met the ax yet.)

More Teen Fiction:

High School Vigilantes

Teen Furries

Taffy Sinclair and the Romance Machine Disaster

Fear Street

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Secrets of the Club Ladies

The Clubwoman’s Manual
Monro and Monro
1957

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.”

Mary

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
Rogers
1980

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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