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Your body is a wonderland

how to have fun with your body cover

How to have fun with your body
Lester
1986

Did you know that you can have fun with your body? This book is about making faces, performing tricks, and possibly grossing people out.  I can also see some of this being used as an ice breaker at a meeting. (Pro tip: I am going to suggest this should NOT be done as an ice breaker. I am of the mind that the only thing worse than a meeting is an ice breaker at a meeting.)

I know this would probably appeal to kids, but it is written for adults. I am trying to figure out why someone would need this book and what kind of reference question would make me run to the stacks and get it. Maybe I don’t want to know.

However, in the spirit of being an open minded librarian, I tried some making a few of the animal faces and I am here to report that I was unsuccessful in having fun. Also, my face kind of hurt after a while.

Mary

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Jesus loves puppets

puppets go to church

Puppets Go To Church
Perry and Perry
1975

Puppets, clowns, and mimes are my personal trifecta of evil. However, when one is in charge of collection development at a library, it is essential to set aside one’s personal issues with respect to puppets, mimes, and clowns and recognize that others love this stuff. Personally, since these puppets are on a mission from God, I am even more disturbed. But I digress.

This is less about puppet craft and more about performance and integrating Gospel themes into modern lessons. This would be a decent choice for some Christian school and church libraries if it were the mid to late 1970s. The scripts seem a bit dated and in one skit there is a reference to being spanked by someone’s mother, which would make it questionable for some libraries.

Mary

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Star Wars on the Webz

Incredible Internet Guide to Star Wars

The Incredible Internet Guide to  Star Wars
Weber
1999

Submitter: Found in 791s when pulling material for a display. I guess people were excited enough about the Phantom Menace in 1999 that a book collecting all the Star Wars fan sites was more useful than a Web Ring (remember those?) or, ya know, a Google search? Incredibly, it had circed in the last 2 years. The book is full of Geocities and Tripod sites,which led me to discover that Tripod is still around in 2018, and the (not about Star Wars) page I put up on Tripod in 1998 and then stopped updating is still live!

Holly: People do love all things Star Wars! Seriously, though…Geocities and Tripod? Lame. That’s pretty funny that Submitter’s site is still live twenty years later, though.

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