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Calling All Indiana Coverlet Weavers

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Montgomery
1974

Submitter: During inventory at my middle school library, I came across this 1974 book that seems to have a very limited audience.  I can’t imagine any middle school student wanting to check this out.  Sure enough, it had only been checked out by two people–both teachers, long since retired.  It may have been used for a “Pioneer Days” project.  However, in the chapter on Dyes, one recipe starts out “Fill a large earthenware crock with urine…”  Those are not instructions you ever want to give a middle schooler!

Holly: No, they are not!  Is your middle school library at least in Indiana? This is a very strange choice for a middle school library anywhere, though I’m sure it’s a lovely book with uses elsewhere.

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Pop Topping

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Pop-Top Terp, Patton, and Freeman
1975

Submitter: I’m a librarian for a community college and recently weeded this book, which I found so ridiculous and enjoyable that I kept it for myself.  The covers are great; the photos inside are unbelievable!  These people were so crazy about pop-topping that they held conventions and even covered their dogs in what I can only describe as doggie chain-mail.

Holly: I received this tweet from Mary:

tweet from Mary

Mary, are you making doggie chain-mail in a library craft program?

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Groovy Pillows

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Johnson
1978

Submitter: It is a 1978 DIY guide for how to make groovy pillow designs with butterfly appliqués (among others).  The disturbing thing to me about this loser is that it sat for DECADES before it got pulled THIS MONTH.

Holly: Craft books go out of date so quickly!

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