For the Kids
Books for the kids
Books for the kids
Boy Scouts of America
Submitter: I removed this book from the shelves of my public library when I did a massive overhaul of the collection last year, soon after I was hired. I saved a few of the most outdated and/or offensive titles under my desk. This is one of them. At the time of weeding, this book was nearly 50 years old. A technology book. 50 YEARS OUT OF DATE. A TECHNOLOGY BOOK.
Holly: Do librarians hold on to things like this because they think, “Oh, it’s cute! People like nostalgia!” or because they think it has some sort of historical value – or are they just lazy and haven’t weeded in decades? It is cute and people do like nostalgia, and it does have historic value (and yes, they are often just lazy)…but those are the reasons why it belongs in a museum or archive, not in the regular shelves at the public library. My favorite line (last page included below) is about how if your “dad” uses his credit card to buy gasoline, a computer makes that payment happen. How does it work when mom pays at the pump? Apparently in 1968, she didn’t.
The How and Why Wonder Book Of
Okay all you budding science nerds! Filled with simple experiments and some retro illustrations, you can see these Stepford kids growing up to be kick ass scientists or possibly robots. Aside from the illustrations, my favorite page is on safety tips that really aren’t about working with dangerous materials or lab related safety. It’s an extra page to remind kids not to kill themselves by being stupid. Who needs protective safety glasses when you might have to be using a penny to get your fuse box running.
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The Story of Watergate
Submitter: I found this book in the juvenile nonfiction section of my small public library. Is it important for kids to learn about history? Definitely. Will any of them pick up this title to read about Watergate? I doubt it. The cover as well as the insides need to be updated, and I’m betting most of the kids who visit my library after school don’t even know what Watergate was.
Holly: Oooh, but those suited-up, balding white men on the cover with the orangey-pink background look super exciting! Imagine the drama and intrigue to be found in this book! Yeah, kids won’t see it either.
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