Submitter: We’re big fans of your site, here, and every time we’re about to get smug about how our fine Collection Development Policy means we’d never have anything to share, we trip into a big piece of humble pie out in our stacks.
For instance, the other day a mother needed books to help a kid with a science project. I knew that as well as some books on the student’s particular interest, we also might find useful books on science fair ideas in general in the early 500s. I was really alarmed to find the attached, copyright 1962 (though ours IS the 1966 printing!), sitting there — and only slightly less horified that the last check out was 2007. (Why didn’t the patron say something? Who the heck reshelved it?)
I’m sending scans to show that the book features useful stuff, like a chapter on research and the importance of going to the library, and another on what it would be like if you get to go to the National Science Fair! And I liked that there are lots of boys and girls participating. (A lot of white boys and girls, so I’m not giving an “A” for inclusiveness, here.) And I LOVED how dressed up they are! But any science book older than me – shoot any science book older than my teen advisory board kids! – has got to be shown the door. I discarded it even before I turned on the scanner.
Holly: Good find, submitter! Amazing how old books like these just seem to appear out of nowhere when you SWEAR you had to have caught them all. Their “display ideas” would give your science fair project a “vintage” look.