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Not Really Awful

When we find something that really isn’t that awful but so awesome we had to share.

Baby Do My Banking

Baby Do My Banking - coverBaby Do My Banking
Baby Be Of Use
Brown
2006

Yes, this is a humor book. And it’s funny! It is a board book that suggests that Baby should take over the family’s finances. Open a new account! Apply for a home equity loan! And a penny for baby’s trouble. Baby didn’t have anything better to do, after all.

This is weird, for sure, but cute that it’s a board book as if it’s really “for” a baby. What will they think of next?

Holly

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Smash the Patriarchy with Crafts

Crafting with feminism cover

Crafting with Feminism
Burton
2016

From time to time, Holly and I will run into a an item that just has us cracking up, and we want to share. You might remember the What would Jesus Craft book from a while back, or perhaps these books.  Remember that awfulness is in the eye of the beholder.

Since one of my collection responsibilities is craft books, I couldn’t wait to share this with everyone. This book had me laughing and and reaching for crafts supplies. Given that we just had the Women’s March last weekend, I thought you all would appreciate this post.

Lots of awesome projects that actually look reasonably easy to do. I featured a couple of samples crafts below. You will love projects like the uterus body pillow, feminist hero finger puppets and the male chauvinist tears coffee mug. So break out your inner craft goddess and get crafting.

Mary

 

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Awesome Books – Not Awful

Once in a while Holly and I get submissions that are just awesome and wonderful.  Do they fit in a library collection?  Depends on your audience.  I have a couple of these books that are just too fun not to talk about.  Hint:  these might make good gifts for that special librarian in your life.  Feel free to give me one these books as a gift.

Mary

Pop-Up Book of Phobias
Greenberg
1999

Submitter: I was recently in a class where we did a mini weeding workshop, and while most of us went for either old, tattered books or new ones with multiple copies just sitting there, one guy came across The Pop-Up Book of Phobias.  When you open up the page, the phobia pops out at you.  Like, a big clown face propelling itself from the center of the book.  I’m not so much thinking this needs to be weeded but I’m really curious about where you’d catalogue it!  I mean, I hope it’s not in the psych section!  Also, what is the audience for this book?  How many libraries have it on the shelf, what is the circulation… I hope you’ll take a look at it because to me, it just seemed… WRONG!

Holly: This is hilarious!  Yes, wrong, wrong, wrong, but funny.  There are close to 200 library holdings in WorldCat, and it is cataloged as an adult book with subject headings like “phobias–miscellanea,” “toy and movable books–specimens,” and “phobias” with a call number of 616.85.  A few libraries do have it in the youth non-fiction section.  Check out this example:

 

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