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Old stuff, textbooks, past events, etc.



Disaster, Disaster, Disaster
Catastrophes Which Changed Laws

I love this cover art!  This one was a tough one for me to pull.  Not really that “awful” but just dated.  It actually has done well with circulation, but not recently. There are no illustrations either.  7th graders in my area do a major disaster report and a newer title would definitely get more users.  I have included the index of disasters too.  (Love the dramatic titles given too!)  However, the rule being  “know thy audience”  for youth materials, this one has to go since I just don’t have space.


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Time Bomb 2000: What the Year 2000 Computer Crisis Means to You!

Thank you, submitter, for another look at Y2K.  We had another Y2K submission a while back.  Read all about it here!

This was favorably reviewed by Library Journal, and was probably a useful book in 1998 and 1999.  Is it still on library shelves for historical purposes?  I found lots of articles in my library’s databases about Y2K, so my patrons are not at a loss for information about how it all went down, should they be interested.  If you have space, there’s nothing wrong with keeping one or two of these, I guess, but if you don’t have space it’s an easy choice for weeding.  Let the internet and online databases offer this kind of information.

I do love the seriousness of the title: “Time Bomb!”  At the time, that’s what it seemed like: a ticking time bomb.  If it wasn’t figured out in time, the whole infrastructure of the world would have exploded.  Or so they say. I happen to know that Mary filled her bathtub with water on New Year’s Eve 1999, “just in case.”


Hookers and Booze

Red Lights on the Prairies

Submitter: I snatched this up when my high school’s library held a sale of the oldest and most useless books, although I’m not really sure why it was there in the first place. Not a single person had checked this out.  Also, I was expecting a book about prostitution to have some juicy bits; instead I was treated to speculation on whether or not some women from Saskatchewan were hookers, based on the fact that they were seen in the company of men, wore red lipstick, and showed their ankles. Pure scandal!


Holly: Well, those were scandalous situations in the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries!  This sounds kind of funny – the police and clergy were outraged by all the brothels popping up in prairie towns.  There’s a companion book:

Booze: The Impact of Whiskey on the Prairie West