Hoarding is not collection development

Getting Crafty

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

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Stylish Clothes for Stylish Kids

Sewing Children’s Clothes: a Golden Hands Pattern Book

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?

More Sewing Goodness:

Sew This!

Like a Living Doll

SEW Bad!

Sweatshirts with Style

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Egg Carton Zoo

Egg-Carton Zoo II
Haas, Blohm & Blohm

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??

More Crap Crafts for Kids:

Felt Up!

Groovy Teen Crap, I Mean Crafts

Crafts for (the) Retarded

Do It!

Make-it Book

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Copy Machine Art

Copier Creations: Using Copy Machines to Make Decals, Silhouettes, Flip Books, Films, and Much More!

Submitter: With all the free or low-cost publishing and photo editing programs in existence, why would we want to encourage children to make multiple copies of pictures so they can make their own stamps or films? I do enjoy fostering creativity in my young patrons, but there are better ways to do this.

Holly:There might be a few good projects in here for teachers or children’s librarians, but even so…Submitter is right. It’s waaaaay easier to do these things on computers these days, and with more polished results. Sometimes I help people with elaborate projects on the library copy machines and think to myself how much easier it would be to download some clipart, copy/paste in Publisher, and be done with it. I’m sure that people without computer skills would disagree, but those people don’t tend to be able to handle our fancy new copy machines on their own either.

More Elaborate Crafts:

Typewriter Town

Felt Up!

MOAR Pantyhose Crafts (with originals Pantyhose – Not Just For Legs and Nightmare in the Craft Section)

Groovy Pillows

DIY Boyfriend

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