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Mary Kelly

Dropping out of high school? Do your research @yourlibrary!

Dropping out or Hanging In
What you should know before dropping out of school

This poor title had one and only one circ in its pathetic history.  What I was dying to know why someone would even check this title out in the first place? I am sure that someone thought that this book would be helpful but this title stands as a shining example of not understanding your audience.  This book really is a workbook and has “homework” for the potential drop out decision maker. Really.  Here is one of many sheets you can work on before you make your crucial decision to drop out of high school – don’t forget to answer in complete sentences!


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Now I am depressed

Teenage Depression and Suicide
Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs
Snyder, Ed.

For 1986 this was probably a no-brainer for a library purchase.  Every time I think I am done with this set, another one pops up on my radar. Of course this is a slam dunk for weeding for age alone.  What also got me bit worried were some of the photos for used for illustration.

I take it that the photographer was more interested in getting the shot than calling authorities. Also,  is it important to identify the specific bridge in question?  For my own piece of mind I am going to ASSUME that this was a staged shot.  (please for the love of God let it be so!)

And how about this cool billboard?  Effective or disturbing?  You choose.

Current and appropriate information on mental health topics is particularly important for teen readers.  It’s a weeder folks!


I want to believe!

Flying Saucers Have Landed
Leslie and Adamski

This book is in horrible physical shape.  The binding is falling apart and the cover is in terrible shape.  So if the holding library wanted to preserve this for all time, it really didn’t do that job either.  Anyway it still brings me to my dilemma on weeding this kind of material.  It is always popular and I keep looking for something more concrete than condition and circulation numbers.

In the meantime, enjoy this super cool flying saucer which to my eye looks like my basement light fixture.

Live Long and Prosper!