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Uncle Brian is a Criminal

Learning about sexual abuse

Learning About Sexual Abuse
Aho and Petras
1985

This type of material is one we see quite often on this site. (Click here to see Mr T help kids, or this gem of a book that tells kids that sex abuse will make you gay.) Most of it dates from the 1980s and 90s when there was a lot of hysteria associated with stranger danger, sex abuse, and other crimes against children.

Regardless, this book is still dated. Most of the perpetrators are portrayed as having “problems” or are misunderstood. Unfortunately, no one seems to get these people arrested and charged with a crime. However, they do do get counseling or “help”. Note the final line in the story where Uncle Brian is evidently still allowed to hang out with the family. Evidently, just some once a week counseling and a “good talking to” by Laura’s parents will fix Uncle Brian right up. Notice how no one helps Laura and she still has to hangout with creepy Uncle Brian.

Weed it and don’t look back.

Mary

 

 

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Umbrellas: The More You Know

history of umbrella cover

A History of the Umbrella
Crawford
1970

Back in 2009 when we started this little dog and pony show, a few of the titles got lost in the shuffle between migrations and our own incompetence. This title has been on my “lost/broken” list for a while and now I am happy to re-post with new and better pictures.

This title is not necessarily awful for some libraries and probably would work in a deep collection on fashion accessories or design. Holly and I included it here because we always get a few laughs from titles that are so specific or on an esoteric subject. In my near 20 years in library service, I can confidently say that I have never had anyone ask for material about umbrellas. (They did ask if the library had umbrellas to lend.)

Mary

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Masculine Scrapbooks

scrapbook pages and ideas for men

All Men
Scrapbook Pages
Inventive Ideas for Masculine Layouts
Memory Makers
2005

I am not a scrapbooker and my library experience has led me to conclude that many modern scrapbookers are just this side of crazy. But I digress.

This book is about creating masculine themed pages for your special man. Evidently you don’t want scrapbooks to be too “girly” for the guys. This book is just examples of real scrapbook theme ideas and sample pages. Don’t miss the “deconstruction” of masculine design (2nd picture below).

Is this worth hanging onto for a collection? Possibly. Remember, what is awful in one library could be great in another. For you folks looking for extra credit points, try this article on archival issues with historical scrapbooks from the National Museum of American History.

 

Mary

 

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