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Condition/Processing Fail

This category addresses those Awful Library Books that have a problem with condition or poor processing.

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Eat Dirt!

Soil Testing Manual: Procedures, Classification Data, and Sampling Practices

Submitter: I work in an engineering library. This is the sort of book vandalism only engineering students would do- please note the careful workmanship. The knife never punctured the cover, and the letters were lifted off without tearing them or the cover underneath. We are torn between annoyance at people altering books and respect for creativity and craftsmanship so rarely seen these days.

Holly: #Respect

More Funny Vandalism:

How Ironic!

Chew On This


The Joy of Home Winemaking

The Joy of Home Winemaking: Create Your Own Vintage Wine

Submitter: This gross specimen comes from my local library. It clearly has been used in the wine making process. Look at those stains! I know wine should age, but I am not sure this is what they had in mind.

Holly: Age the wine, not the library collection. This can be weeded on condition if nothing else!

More Make-It-Yourself Fun:

All Washed Up

Make Your Own Exercise Equipment

Plastic Pipe Furniture

A Grave Matter

More Grave Matters

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Geography for the kids

Earthsearch : A Kids’ Geography Museum in a Book

Submitter: This book is a fun hands on exploration of the earth’s geography. The book has been well used and loved based on its current state. There are several things that make this an awful library book. The first are the removable coins in the back cover. There was an attempt to keep the coins contained with the addition of tape, but clearly that didn’t work very well. Where did those two missing coins go? This book was shelved on a bottom shelf within easy reach of toddlers, so a definite safety hazard. The rice has most likely gone rancid and would make a child sick if eaten. Wrinkled pages and pages that are pulling away from the spiral binding…it’s time to go.

Holly: What a cool book! For a gift or home use, that is. It is a horrible format for public libraries. Between the spiral binding, the tabs sticking out, the bag of rice, and the loose coins, this is about as bad as it gets for public library use.

More Bad Formats:

Tuna Chip Casserole or Tomato Cheese Delight?

Gourmet Eggs and Fish

Recipes from the East

And More Bad Science:

Blinding Me With SCIENCE

Sliding Into Science

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