Hoarding is not collection development

Celebrity Fun

This category includes biography and all those great advice books. Because when a celebrity does something, you will want to do that too!

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Sweet Caroline

Neil Diamond

Submitter: Look at that head of hair! Neil Diamond has taken on a new legend here in Boston. Sweet Caroline is played at every Red Sox game. Kids in New England do know who he is. Elsewhere around the country, probably not. It might make sense for a local library here to have a juvenile bio on him. With that said, I would hope [they] would have a more updated history on him.

Holly: Sure, libraries in the Boston area probably do have Neil Diamond biographies. Libraries in Brooklyn  might too, since that’s his birthplace. In fact, he’s still popular nationwide, and actively performing and recording, so he’s not a horrible choice for a public library anywhere (though more likely of interest to adults than children). I, too, hope that libraries sporting Neil Diamond books have something more current than this. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but he doesn’t look like the cover of this book anymore. Still a handsome fella, mind you, but not quite as much hair.

More Legends of Music:

King of Pop

Diana Ross

The Beach Boys

The Bee Gees

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Howe to do Hockey

Hockey… Here’s Howe

In Detroit, and probably in other big hockey towns, it feels sacrilegious to weed something with Gordie Howe on the cover. (For non-hockey people, please refer to this Wikipedia link for a brief bio on Mr. Hockey.)

This book is hockey instruction rather than a biography. For safety equipment alone, this book is weed-worthy. The pros didn’t wear helmets back then and the NHL didn’t require them until the late 1970s. Of course there are no mentions of girls playing either. Let’s just say it is a product of the times.

This is one of those times where we could make a great case for keeping an old book like this for a modern audience. Gordie Howe fans would appreciate this book, and I could see even a place in a public library for an item like this that holds great sentimental value to a community. It does have to leave the juvenile nonfiction collection for more current materials geared to that audience. The rest of us can enjoy this as a relic from a time when the NHL was just the original six and guys didn’t wear helmets.


More Sporting Books:

Hockey Time

Football Fun


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“Tie a yellow ribbon…”

Tony Orlando

Submitter: Nothing brings the youth to the library like Tony Orlando. My colleague and I are in our 30’s. Together, we had to google his name just to see if we knew any of his songs. This is sitting in the children’s section at a large city library. One who just finished a large public weeding project. Why this was skipped is anyone’s guess.

Holly: Hmmm…a big city library just finished a large weeding project and they left this one? This one?? Makes me wonder what the state of the collection was, if this one made the cut! Especially in a children’s section. I’m 40, and while I’ve heard of him, I couldn’t have named you one of his songs before I researched him for this post. He’s not even that interesting, really. A couple of kids, a couple of divorces, and became a Christian in 1978 after “life struggles.” My mom probably likes him.


More Celebrity Fun:

Papa Don’t Preach

America’s Band

King of Pop

Hammer Time

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