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“Discovery” of North America

Discovery of North America
A Grosset All-Color Guide

Direct from the kid nonfiction section, all you want to know about the “discovery” of America. (I guess it didn’t exist until some white guys “found” it.) It is a weeder just on the title ALONE. However, if that isn’t enough, check out the pictures and text. My personal favorite is the Viking in the metal bra.


More history for the kids:

Cotton and the Spinner

Make History Fun With Cartoons!

Lifestyles of the Ancient Britons

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Nazis in the Woodpile


Nazis in the Woodpile: Hitler’s Plot for Essential Raw Material

Submitter: This book was weeded from [a Canadian university library] by me a few years ago. [This university] started out as an agricultural college in 1874. No doubt this book was acquired for its insights into forestry practices. Amazing that it was published during the war, in 1942. I haven’t read past the first page, but even this page has a sentence or two worth citing:

“[The author] rips the green forester’s uniform off Hermann Goering, jolly master of the hunt, and shows him to be a thieving, greedy plotter, who for years has been trying to steal the contents of every peasant’s woodshed in Europe.”

Understatement of the century!

Holly: At least this was found in a major research library at the university level. I’m not sure what’s up with the public libraries that WorldCat shows holdings for. It can safely be weeded and sent to a museum, archive, or special library with a specialty in World War II.

More Nazis:

How Green Were the Nazis?

Encyclopaedia Britannica


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Older Than Dirt

A Copious and Critical Latin-English Lexicon, Founded on the Larger Latin-German Lexicon of Dr. William Freund; with Additions and Corrections from the Lexicons of Gesner, Facciolati, Scheller, Georges, Etc.
Andrews and Freund

Submitter: This isn’t so much awful as awful for the location. This Latin-English Lexicon, published in 1872, was found still in circulation at an urban high school library in Massachusetts… in 2013. The school does not offer Latin classes. The book had not circulated since the catalog was automated in the 1990s. I have no idea why previous librarians kept this tome, especially when there is a newer Latin-English dictionary on the shelf.
It is pretty cool, just for it’s age, so it now resides behind the circulation desk as a conversation piece.

Holly: Wow. This might be the oldest still-in-circulation book we’ve seen on the site so far.  Why on earth would high school librarians keep anything from 1872 in circulation?

More Really Old Books:

Hits of the ’90s

Cotton and the Spinner

Wigwam and Warpath

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Negroes in a Soviet America

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