Hoarding is not collection development
Making a Collection Count

Getting Crafty

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

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Submitter: I work for a tiny academic library. Shortly before I was hired the library accepted a large donation of books. These books were added to the catalog but then most were put in storage due to lack of shelf space. The book listed below I recently found in storage and it would not be useful to students here. It has since been weeded.

Holly: OMG, there is more than one tin craft book in the world?? Maybe it was a “thing” back in the day. Remember this one?


More Arts and Craps:

Plastic Pipe Furniture

Egg Carton Zoo

Crap from Scrap

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Knitting Art – NSFW

Knitting Art
Karen Searle

That’s right, folks, a knitting book that is not safe for work. Click through at your own peril.

Submitter would especially like to draw your attention to the knitted land mines, which look like…well, not land mines.

The author did call it art…


Just for kicks, take a look at this book at Amazon.com too (but not at work!)

More Knit Art:

Men, Dogs, and Knitting

Royal Knitting

Knit Yourself a Toilet Cozy

Sweaters From Rover

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Balloon Artist

How to Become a Balloon Artist and Make Up to $100,000 a Year

Submitter: This book has recently been weeded from a public library. It probably should have been weeded a decade ago–or two. Surprisingly enough its last checkout date was a little under 4 years ago. This was through interlibrary loan, so if I had to take a wild guess I’d assume the patron put a hold on it without knowing what it looked like (no cover picture is provided in our catalog). Does this make me a bad librarian because I judged the book by it’s cover?

The majority of the book focuses on creating balloon designs, with very dated and only sometimes helpful black and white pictures of finished products. The title includes “make up to $100,000 a year” (really? in 1987?) but I suspended my initial disbelief because, hey, what do I know about being a balloon artist? But this book doesn’t really contain any information on how to achieve this particular salary. There’s marketing tips: create a decoration photo album, get involved with weddings, “smile a lot” and “dress for success,” but nothing to convince me I can live very comfortably as a balloon artist.

Holly: But the author’s name is “Prosper!” That must count for something!

More “Art”:

Making  Masks

Egg Carton Zoo


Puppet Nightmares

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