10 years ago today, Holly and I went live with our first post. A couple of things were going on at the time: We had started on a crusade about collection quality and weeding, the economy was in free fall, especially in our community, and blogging was a thing. We actually wanted to learn WordPress, so we started goofing around. Holly and I have no discernible talent for anything exciting or artistic, so we talked about what we knew: weeding books. Since we are entertained by both books and oddities, ALB was born. The title Awful Library Books was used until we could think of a better title. We still haven’t thought of one.
So, to honor our decade of curating the wonderfully weird in library collections, we have decided to share our favorites.
Click on the picture to read the original post. I also want to take a moment to remind everyone that just because it appears on this site doesn’t necessarily mean that it is an automatic weed. Remember, each library has a different set of criteria for inclusion in their collection, and our opinion isn’t the litmus test for your library. Your mileage may vary.
Although there are some serious concepts discussed on this site, some of these titles are included because we think they are funny, or are just a fun relic from another time. If you have been hanging out with us for a few years, many of these titles will be familiar, since we probably included them in our annual favorites lists.
Please feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments.
Mary and Holly
We also did a follow up to this title that showed some of the interior photos. Click here for that post.