abusive relationships cover

Abusive Relationships

Everything You Need to Know About
Abusive Relationships
Rue
1996

I want teens to have the best resources when it comes to serious topics like abusive relationships. I also think that these books need to be styled in such away, that it won’t discourage young people from using the material. I don’t think this book does the job effectively.

The cover art and illustrations leave a bit to be desired. The pictures are disturbing in that I think too many people would wouldn’t call a relationship abusive unless it is physically violent. Even though the book does address situations of female on male abuse and emotional abuse, it is still lacking on what constitutes an abusive relationship.

Regardless, this book is a weeder just because the content is over 20 years old. It isn’t necessarily wrong, but any material this old, especially in a teen section, is questionable.

nursing home handbook

Grandma needs a home

The Nursing Home Handbook
A guide for Families
Horne
1989

This was still in a collection as of this writing.  Obviously a handbook on nursing homes from the late 1980s is out of date. Since a good portion of this book discusses costs, it is a weeder on that topic alone. Even what look to be generically good checklists ignore the technological changes that have happened since the late 1980s. WiFi anyone? Plenty of folks in their 80s and 90s are equipped with tablets and smart phones and staying connected will be a serious consideration.

cancer can it be stopped?

Cancer: Can it be stopped?

Cancer: Can it be Stopped?
Silverstein and Silverstein
1987 (original copyright 1972)

This book seemed to be aimed at a young adult audience, although I found it in the adult nonfiction section of a small public library. The information is no doubt out of date, particularly with respect to  treatments. The tone of these books is bleak and not too optimistic with respect to survival. No one wants a patron facing a desperate medical diagnosis to rely on books this old.

It would be great if everyone would have a lot of time to drop everything and weed whenever. I know that isn’t always the case, however staff can and should prioritize certain collections over others.The changes in some content has very real world consequences for our patrons.

expectant fathers

Time to be a Daddy

Expectant Fathers
Bittman and Zalk
1978

Even in the late 1970s, dads were not always allowed to be a part of the birth process. Consider this a sensitive man’s guide to sharing the pregnancy experience. Lots of feels for everyone. There is very little specific childcare or pregnancy advice. This is more about including the dads. Good choice for the late 1970s, but out of place in today’s culture.

Mary

how the doctor knows you're fine

A Doctor Visit for the Kids

How the doctor knows you’re  fine
Cobb
1973

I’m not a fan of this title. The illustrations are giving me the creeps. Take a look at the last picture and then tell me you want to go get all your vaccinations updated. The details are kind of bothersome as well. I don’t think well visits will be as naked as this book indicates. I think they would happily give anyone a gown or some kind of covering.