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Religious living and advice

Yossi’s Evil Urge

How Yossi Beat the Evil Urge
Chaikin & Mathers

Submitter: When this book surfaced in the last weeding of my library’s children’s room, the current children’s librarian and I were aghast and befuddled by it’s title and it’s appearance. What is Yossi’s evil urge?! It sounds so ominous and well…dirty. What could Yossi be resisting?? The mind is full of possibilities. Could it be…no…it couldn’t be that… could it? And no it isn’t anything dirty or particularly evil in any way shape or form. Yossi’s evil urge is the urge to daydream and not focus on God when praying. I know, so benign and boring in the end. The library is located in neighborhood with a small Orthodox Jewish community but the fact that this 1983 book has survived in the library so long is really just wrong.

Holly: So the sewer monster is something Yossi is daydreaming about? Well, the author certainly hooks you with the title and cover art!  If it’s still circulating and in good shape, I guess it’s probably ok.  It’s a subject that probably not a lot of children’s books cover (or do they??).  If there’s something newer, in better shape, or with a less ominous title I’d weed this one too!

How the Jewish People Lives Today

How the Jewish People Lives Today

Submitter: This was donated to the library. I am happy to say it was never actually in the collection.  It’s the grammar that drives me crazy on this one.

Holly: It looks like mostly universities have this title now.  The grammar is weird in the title, but it’s the word “today” that gets me!  Clearly, the Jewish people “lives” differently today than in 1940.  Also, this copy looks a little ratty.

Church for the retarded

The Church:  The Gifted and Retarded Child

Given the date of this publication I am impressed that someone was actually addressing special needs children.  Although this book might be important in a religious education collection, it really doesn’t belong on a public library shelf for the typical library customer.