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Cathletics For Kitty

Cathletics
Ways to Amuse and Exercise Your Cat
Loeb and Loeb
1981

Like many librarians, I have a couple of cats. (They match my cardigan and sensible shoes.) Like most cats, they are “overscheduled” with constant cat chores: napping, moving things on my desk, napping, eating, and more napping. The day never ends. I know that my cats are probably not getting enough quality exercise with their busy schedules. Hence, more organized cat exercise!

This book is less about “facts” or information and more or less a reflection of the authors’ experience with their own cats. I have been around cats my entire life and I can say that they will play games if they are in the mood, otherwise you are just pissing them off.  A book about playing with cats is hardly necessary. If they want to play, they will make you play and if they want to nap they will nap. The human role in a cat’s life is to open cans of food. A book is not even in the equation.

Mary

More Cats:

Sexy Cat Names

Cat Flexing

Bad Kittehs!

Cat Training?

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Ancient Aliens in the Bible

The Bible and Flying Saucers
Downing
1968

One of my secret guilty pleasures is occasionally watching the show Ancient Aliens. It’s probably because of that guy with weird hair. I am also a big fan of ghost stuff, Bigfoot, the Mystery Spot, and all other types of “unexplained”  phenomena. You will be happy to know that my family of engineers/scientists mock me constantly about this.

Anyway, this is one of those books that puts forth the idea that flying saucers have been around and were part of some of the major Biblical miracles: parting the Red Sea, the Resurrection, angels, etc. This is considered a seminal work in the UFO reading world. My particular copy was well used and checked out often. (This book came from a college library). You can read the entire book in pdf form here. This kind of material is popular and fun for a public library and worth collecting.

As a public librarian, I have had a few patrons over the years that have told me the stacks were haunted, or that they really were sure they saw a ghost in their house. (I also love this stuff for my reluctant young readers.)  In Michigan, we have had our fair share of Bigfoot sightings, haunted places and Detroit’s own demon Nain Rouge. Naturally, we should have a collection that reflects this interest. I also like telling Holly that I intend to haunt her after I’m dead.

Beam me up!

Mary

More Unexplained:

Aliens Identified!

Therapeutic Bigfoot (one of my personal favorites)

I want to believe!

I Want to Believe, Again

Out of the body or out of the library?

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Cool Your Jets

 

How to Deal with Anger
Fiedler
2007

Submitter: Kids (and many adults) can benefit from learning about their emotions, but a more up-to-date book would be more appealing and also more likely to actually leave our shelves, which this one has never done.

Holly: Wow, girlfriend on the cover has some serious issues to work through! Look – this isn’t the worst thing, but if it has never left your shelf in nine years, it clearly doesn’t appeal to your patrons. Move on and try again.

 

More Anger in the Stacks:

Angry People Doing Drugs

Angry Cool Kids

Doughnuts Made Me Do It

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