color wonderful

Color Yourself

Color Wonderful
Nicholson and Lewis-Crum
1986

This book is your basic 1980s flashback. Note the big hair and the blue eye shadow. One of the chapters is about “gentle” coloring, I am going to go out on a limb and say this doesn’t look too gentle.  This particular book was sent to the bindery in the early 1990s. Obviously, we need to preserve those excellent hair and make-up examples from the 1980s.

Having one’s colors done by a “pro” was quite the trend. I never did figure out what season I was. We have posted some examples in the past. We will just add this to the pile.

love at work

Love on the Job

Love at Work
Using Your Job to Find a Mate
Kent
1988

Remember the bookHow to Marry the Man of Your Choice? How to Marry the Man of Your Choice? Well, our author strikes again by offering up the workplace as a potential spouse hunting ground. Thinking of my jobs past and present, I am not so sure I would choose someone from my workplace. I can feel every person in HR just cringing and saying “this should end well”.

when you preside book

Let’s Meet!

When You Preside
Sutherland
1969

Another book about holding a meeting. This one is directed at the leaders of meetings and talks about organization and how to formalize the process. Fine. Although the old standby of Robert’s Rules of Order will work too.

This book adds a nice section on the type of personalities that inhabit meetings. It’s supposed to be clever, but the cartoon illustrations are not that great. Having attended meetings my entire adult life, I don’t think any book will fix meetings. I know that library meetings are a special kind of hell and seem to be a significant time suck.

bodacious borders

Bodacious Documents!

Bodacious Borders
Armstrong
1992

Are you looking to make your reports more bodacious? Look no further! You can jazz up your reports with a variety of borders. With a copy machine, and some rubber cement, transform your documents into something special.

Prior to the widespread use of programs such as Photoshop and word processing, combining graphics and text was difficult. It also wasn’t practical for most people. (Those of us of a certain age might remember the dittos, which predates all of this. Raise your hand if you remember inhaling that new ditto smell.)

Internet after hours

Internet After Hours

Internet After Hours
Your Guide to Finding Games, Entertainment, and Just Plain Weirdness on the Internet
Eddy
1994

Sounds like this newfangled Internet is a bit sketchy. This is still the infancy of the Internet for the general user. This book is highlighting the entertaining and/or weird parts of the Internet. (Note the interest in vending machines at certain universities around the world.) This is another one of those quaint books on the early days of the Internet. In 2020, I doubt one has to work that hard at finding weird stuff on the Internet.

Mary

plastic crafts

Clear Crafting

Plastic Crafts
O’Meara-Humphrey
1977

I really wasn’t sure what to expect with these plastic crafts. In this book, plastic crafts are clear acrylic items that end up being sign holders, shelves, and other basic containers. I thought these things were churned out by Big Plastic Factory and not something one would craft. The clear plastic theme was indeed a thing back in the day for the really modern look. If you are a librarian, you probably have a hundred of these things to hold the latest signs, flyers, etc for your library.

Looking at the detail involved, it does require some skill. Nowadays, someone would probably use a 3-D printer and call it a day.

Mary

peter rabbit board book cover

Questionable Bunny Behaviors

Bunnies
Peter Rabbit
Peek Through Board Books
1995

The bunnies are having a pretty good time in this little board book. Note the wine making and the smoking of “rabbit tobacco”. Perhaps this is Peter Rabbit’s marijuana dispensary and wine bar.

Sketchy bunny activities not withstanding, I think it worth making a comment about a board book being this old and still hanging around. Board books are tiny germ factories and really shouldn’t be hanging around for over a year or so. I am going to guess that board books are chewed upon regularly by tiny patrons. Recycling these books often is a good strategy for keeping the germs under reasonable control.

a new true book Internet

Proto Internet for Kids

Internet
Koehler
1995

When I plucked this out of a library collection, I started to laugh because the average little kid would have no idea what this book was about. This book was written for their parents.

The Internet was still a novelty to most people at the time of publication. Services like AOL, Prodigy, and Compuserve were the players in making the Internet accessible to the general public.

This is a nice snapshot of the early days of the Internet, but today’s kids aren’t really interested in digging into the Gopher servers.

I wonder whatever happened to my Compuserve address?

Mary