How To Make Christmas Ornaments
Submitter: Decorate your tree 70’s style! Found this gem in the oversized book section. We especially adored the earrings and the “Christmas Tree.”
Holly: OMG, those earrings! Hiddeous. These ornaments look just like my grandma’s Christmas tree did most of my life. Grandma’s ornaments are a lovely thing to put on your tree, but if you are helping patrons look for books on to make Christmas ornaments, this book is probably not what they had in mind.
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Submitter: Here’s a groovy book about Thanksgiving. Miss Berry is a teacher, and she does groovy activities with her class such as pin the feathers on the turkey. The illustrations have some vintage charm, but are not that interesting. The text is kind of dry. Holiday collections are small, and should be filled with current books (or appropriate and interesting classics) that kids want to read.
Holly: “Vintage charm” is one way of putting it. Or, old, dirty, uninspired, irrelevant, lame… In the age of Pinterest, craft books like this are less useful. Yes, yes, we still buy craft books for children in public and school libraries. We’re not going to stop. In fact, it’s one of the biggest parts of the youth 700s in my library. Kids (and parents and teachers) love ’em! I guarantee they’re more interested in something from this decade than they are in “vintage charm.” That said, if you have the space, create a “vintage” collection or display. How cool would that be? Right? It’s all about context.
Submitter: Between the eerily disproportionate illustrations and the highly questionable content, I think this is one of the best books I’ve found in our collection. Santa in camouflage with “Bless the NRA” on his cap and “Go ahead make my day” on the back of his shirt… I hardly have words! A favorite excerpt from the text: “Maw got a girdle to hold in her pelvis, and a velvet painting of her idol Elvis.” Our library system has a few rural branches where this charming title could land and nobody would bat an eye, but here in town notsomuch. I was appalled to see that we own not one but two copies of this book; they will be weeded before the day is out!
Holly: There’s a fine line between cute and offensive. Say what you want about political correctness, but you really have to know your community of users and their tolerance before you add something like this to your library collection and think it’s “cute.” On a related note, just for kicks I looked up what the politically correct term for redneck is and saw the suggestion “rustically inclined.” #gimmeabreak
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