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Sex Ed Marine Style

Straight Talk - coverSex: If You’re Scared of the Truth Don’t Read This
Sommer
2009

Submitter: I’m submitting a book that landed on my desk as an unwanted mailing this afternoon, and was just as quickly tossed in the trash.  We are a small private school, and obviously biased materials like this are books we try to avoid.  It’s interesting that Worldcat lists 10 libraries as owning this book; none of them are school libraries.  Many thanks for the hours of amusement that you’ve provided!

Holly: You’re welcome!  Since this was submitted, three more libraries have holdings added to WorldCat.  They appear to be mostly public libraries, which is definitely a more appropriate place for it.  There are families that might opt for this style of sex education.  I’m not saying it’s an out-and-out awful library book.  This kind of thing needs to be looked at carefully before it is added to any collection, though.  Remember that unwanted mailing of the dental book? If you don’t look carefully at these books that show up unsolicited, you could end up with something that doesn’t fit your community’s needs.

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Swinging for the 90s

Living More
The Polyfidelity Primer
Nearing
1992

As a librarian, I am certain there is a place for this material.  Open marriage, open relationships, polygamy or whatever people are calling it, is a legitimate collection need depending on your population.  Far be it from me to say what is right or wrong in terms of collection or lifestyle.  So, this might be something worth adding to the collection if you think it fits within your collection objectives.  Done and done.  However, I am a 51 year old married mother of two and I just have to crack up and make fun of books like this.  Mostly because it seems like a lot of work coordinating a bunch of people.  (Kind of like a reference desk schedule with people out sick or on vacation.) Personally, if there was an alternative lifestyle that I would embrace, it would be where people left me alone and I could choose my own television programs and actually hold the clicker. (This is where I yell FREEDOM!)  Right now I am a slave to lifestyle that include 2 cats, an overworked, underpaid husband, an underfunded, understaffed library and 2 college-age “leeches” (as my husband lovingly calls our children). I haven’t got time to take on a “sleep schedule” or invite other people to our marriage “party”.  Besides, they would just find it dull.  A big night for us is re-runs of Firefly or Star Trek while vacuuming up a ton of cat hair off the furniture. Ah, but I digress from our theoretical discussion of awful library books.

I have included a few pages of text for your enjoyment/perusal.  I am sure there are those out there in library land that know more about this subject and can comment on texts that one might find useful in a library collection. No,  those are not my answers written in the text. It was already in my copy.  I am always annoyed when people write in books and I am against workbook or quiz-style books because of it.  (Yeah, I hardly think that is a new complaint among librarians!)

Mary

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Beyond Awful…the “Great” Beyond!

Grandpa and Me coverGrandpa and Me: We Learn About Death
Alex
1983

Submitter: I was a librarian at a church library for a while, and weeding was particularly hilarious/disturbing given the religious perspective of the materials.  Don’t get me wrong, these types of books are invaluable for parents, but keeping them relevant is important.

Holly: Submitter blogged about this book at http://seekingonething.blogspot.com/2009/05/gems-grandpa-and-me.html.  Basically, Grandpa finds a dead kitten and teaches Maria about death.  Then Grandma chimes in with a religion lesson on death.  Poor Grandpa dies next.  Maria has experience with death now, though, so she understands better what has happened to Grandpa and where he has gone.  The weird thing about this book is the pictures.  Grandpa holds the dead kitty out for Maria – and our dear youth readers – to see clearly!  Yes, kittens and people die.  Yes, we might find them in a barn. Yes, we have to bury them. No, we don’t have to hold out the cute little dead kitty for close inspection.

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