last names first

Name It!

Last Names First
Lee and Lee
1985

This is basically a genealogy for kids title. In general, I think genealogy items have a longer shelf life than many books. Tech related genealogy books, not so much. This one is showing its age in the “humorous”, I mean cringe-worthy, illustrations. The actual text isn’t too bad and I will give the author props for including non Western Europe information.

sweatshirts remix

Let sweatshirts be sweatshirts!

Sweatshirt Remix: Transform Ordinary Sweatshirts Into Extraordinary Fashions
Quartermain
2009

I know I have griped and whined about sweatshirt fashion. Remember this post? Or how about this one?

Can we be done with trying to make sweatshirts more than just a sweatshirt? The beauty of the sweatshirt is comfort. Sweatshirts are supposed to be warm, comfortable, and what one wears to the gym, to do laundry, or when you are retreating from life. It is not cocktail attire, professional attire, or a “fashion choice”.

computer typing made simple

Old School Typing

Computer Typing Made Simple
Hutchinson and Hutchinson
1985

I will say, in my professional opinion, computer typing is not that different from regular typing. I can say that the exercises and drills, look very similar to my high school typing book. Other than function keys and some other small differences, I am not sure what makes this book specifically computer typing.

Catnip Cover

Cat training for the kids

Catnip
Selecting and Training Your Cat
Unkelbach
1970

This title came out of a juvenile collection. I would weed this in a heartbeat as the book is probably too old to have reliable information. That said, it has been my professional experience that book on kittens and puppies need great pictures of kittens and puppies. I’m going to go further and say that no book about kittens should be published without an acceptable ratio of text to pictures of kittens. This book doesn’t come anywhere near acceptable. Heck, even the illustrations aren’t that special, although shout out for the last illustration showing a cat on a leash. I’m not sure getting a photo of a cat on a leash is even possible.

backgammon for blood

Backgammon for Blood

Backgammon for Blood
Becker
1975

I had no idea that backgammon was a blood sport.

I have never played backgammon, so I can’t speak to the quality of this book.The title is kind of cool, so points for that. I did take a look at the beginning chapters and still didn’t quite “get it”.  I’m not very quick on picking up games.

As a weeding candidate, unless the rules have changed or the tone or vocabulary is dated, I wouldn’t necessarily toss this. Given that the book is over 40 years old, it’s not too bad.

smart spending

Smart Spending for the Teens

Smart Spending
A Young Consumer’s Guide
Schmitt
1989

I am totally one of those librarians who loves talking about financial literacy. Teens, particularly, really need help managing the realities of debt, spending, credit, etc. In 1989, I probably would have bought this for a library collection.

Lots of good discussion about fraud and spending. Now a days I bet we would have a hard time understanding some of the vocabulary such as money orders, paper checkbooks, taking advantage of the float between deposits and checks (I was quite the expert in the 1980s), etc.

wedding etiquette

English Wedding Etiquette

Wedding Etiquette Properly Explained
Heaton
1986

Planning a wedding? This small book has all the answers for 1986. This particular book is focused on the rules for marriage in the Church of England. However, there is plenty of additional advice on gifts, engagement, and the duties of the wedding party. Luckily this is all “properly explained”, so the reader can relax. This book has you covered.

This book is pretty rule driven. There is a right way and a wrong way. Duties and obligations are straightforward, and there isn’t much flexibility. I am not sure this book will be much help in 2019.