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Mary Kelly

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Solve the CUBE!

You Can Do the Cube
Bossert
1981

The Rubik’s Cube is another puzzle skill I don’t have. Even with directions and help, I doubt I would get this to work. Holly, however, is a champ at the Rubik’s Cube – obviously the result of a misspent youth. Rubik’s Cube was a huge deal in the 80s and I still see people playing with the puzzle from time to time. As you can see from the pictures, this particular book is barely hanging on and probably needs to be replaced.

I wouldn’t necessarily call this or a weeder, condition not withstanding. The author’s age and the whole idea of a kid solving the puzzle, when no one could, is a cool story. I would imagine the content is still good. I actually think that this book might work despite the age in a puzzle-oriented collection, but I think most folks would probably run to YouTube to solve the puzzle, not checkout a book.

Bottom line: a definite weeder on condition, but you can make a case for keeping it in a regular collection.

Enjoy the 80’s @yourlibrary,

Mary

More puzzles and games:

Games People Play

Know the Score

Beyond Counting Sheep

It’s All Relative

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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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