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Looking to make something? This the category that includes crafts, decorating, DIY, and repair materials.

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Easter Crafts for Kids

Our Easter Book
Moncure
1976

Submitter: Our Easter Book continues the groovy adventures of Miss Berry the teacher. The book is full of fun activities such as going to a petting zoo, making Easter kites, and playing with bird nests. There are some interesting activities, but the story is not so interesting. I’m thinking that most teachers are not pulling out guitars and asking the kids to do a flower dance. I work at a medium sized library. This groovy dated nonsense doesn’t circulate, and needs to go.

Holly: The cover has seen better days. It’s dirty and has remnants of old-stickers on the spine, and it’s really not worth going through the effort to clean it up. I have to give props to this kind of binding, though. They just don’t make books anymore that stand up over time like this. I’m sure some of the activities are ok, but if it doesn’t circulate then it’s just taking up space unnecessarily. I’d be surprised if someone hasn’t bought another Easter craft book for the collection at some point in the last 39 years. If not, it might be time to examine your collection development policy and your collection budget and re-prioritize some things. Also, this is cataloged as 372.1, not as a picture book. It wasn’t immediately clear to me if this was a story book or an instructional craft book.

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Stylish Clothes for Stylish Kids

Sewing Children’s Clothes: a Golden Hands Pattern Book
1973

Submitter: There were three copies of this book on my local public library shelf. My friend and I had quite a chuckle looking back at children’s fashions from 1973. We thought the clothing looked even older!

Holly: Three copies? One is unnecessary, two is overkill, and three is just laziness and collection neglect. Sure, some of you are thinking that you just use more modern fabrics and tweak the lines a bit and you have perfectly modern kids’ clothes. I’m sure very skilled sewers could pull that off, but why would we make them when there are so many great new sewing pattern books available now?

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Egg Carton Zoo

Egg-Carton Zoo II
Haas, Blohm & Blohm
1989

Submitter: Our district, a medium sized public library, haw been doing some pretty heavy weeding and one of the places I’ve been working has been the Juvenile 700’s. When I first saw this, I thought how long has this been hiding here? I thought for sure it was made in the late 60’s or 70’s. I wondered if we had at one time owned Egg-Carton Zoo I. I wanted to go find an egg carton, but realized that I didn’t have a Styrofoam carton at home. Are eggs still packaged in Styrofoam?

The book is set up to give you “facts” about each animal, a sample of what you could draw on the egg carton, and a finished animal. There are no templates and the author encourages you to manipulate the egg carton to find the hidden animals. The last sentence on pg 8 says it all. I think this would be rather hard for youngsters to create similar animals. The author also encourages the would be artists to raid the spice cabinet, specially mentioned is the saffron. I don’t know how many people actually still have saffron in the cabinet and if they did there might be some outraged cooks if kids used it to color an egg-carton fish. I’m not sure this book was actually written for kids and should probably have been originally cataloged in the adult collection. It’s only circulated a dozen times and it’s been 5 years since the last.

Holly: I would KILL a kid for using saffron in a craft project. It’s anywhere from $6.50 to $8.50 or more per GRAM! It’s a cute idea for a book, but it does seem like it could use more instructions. Maybe it’s just supposed to be inspirational and not a how-to book, but the end results are much more sophisticated than your average 10-year-old can pull off. Give a kid a chance! These and these are more do-able. Googly eyes are acceptable supplies. But saffron??

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