Hoarding is not collection development

Mary Kelly

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Parents! TV = Mind Control

Saturday Morning Mind Control
Phillips
1991

Did you know that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a cult? Did you know that the Care Bears are about non Christian attitudes and beliefs? Brace yourselves! Saturday morning TV is full of evil and it is brainwashing your kids! The back cover details how these innocent looking cartoons have a much more evil agenda.

I will tell you that one of my favorite cartoons as a kid was Casper, the friendly ghost. I was shocked to learn that this was preparing me for a life in the occult and that my life has been a waste. Excuse me while I go and reprogram myself with episodes of Scandal.

Mary

More TV Evil:

TV Will Ruin You!

Saved by the Bell

Enemies of Marriage

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Felt Up!

Decorate with Felt
Goldman
1973

I think this is hands down the DULLEST craft book  I have ever seen. There are no colorful pictures and the crafts themselves are pretty ugly. This is just page after page of stuff I would never want in my house, even if my precious snowflake children made them.

I can’t imagine this flying off the shelf in the 1970s any more than it would in 2014.

Mary

More Crafting:

Please throw it away

Groovy Teen Crap

Moar Pantyhose Crafts!

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Keeping Hubby Happy

How to go to work when your husband is against it,
Your children aren’t old enough,
And there’s nothing you can do anyhow
Schwartz, Schifter, and Gillotti
1972

Holly and I went on a field trip a while ago. We visited a couple of small/medium libraries in southeastern Michigan/northern Ohio. We go and look for cool ideas and some possible candidates for ALB. (We also shelf read and front the books because we just can’t let it go.)  Well, I found this book and started swearing. Yes, this book is currently in active circulation at a small public library. In 2014. Kill me now.

Even for 1972, there really is no concrete advice. One resume example and a discussion of a functional vs. chronological resume. Note the helpful “Personal” section on the resume that indicates she is a married mother. There is no helpful discussion of childcare other than a suggestion to call grandma or hire someone. I guess fathers cannot participate in any of these responsibilities.

I get that this is a product of the times, and I bet it was a provocative choice for some libraries. My worst fear is that someone will pick this up while browsing and not realize how dated it is. I just cringe. This is worse than having nothing.

Mary

I also included the job description for librarian in the last 2 shots. Note the salary.

More dated career advice:

Another Career Book Trying to Kill Me

‘You’re Going to Make it After All”

Resume Kit

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