finger plays

Old School Finger Plays

Let’s Do Finger Plays
Grayson
1962

A colleague was cleaning out the youth storytime collection when she ran across this little blast from the past. Of course we both knew immediately that we were looking at an antique given the “attractive” library binding. I recognized quite a few rhymes that are still going strong at storytimes. It’s a weeder since the librarian who found it buried in the collection had been here 12 years and was sure no one had needed it (or even knew it existed). Despite having a few redeeming qualities, it just needed to go for the casual racism and rather crunchy pages.

who cares for baby

“The Kids Are Alright”

Who cares for the baby?
Choices in Child Care
Glickman and Springer
1978

This was still in a collection as of this writing. Of course it is outdated and weed worthy for a public library. Since it is more academic than practical, it might have a place in some archive or academic library. This topic really chaps me personally, since I struggled with working and parenting decades ago. It is even more awful that this situation hasn’t improved.  Sadder still, it hasn’t really changed since this book was published. Since the authors include research on the USSR and China in this book, I am sure that any success would be discounted since we are talking about Communists.

1 minute scolding

Scolding Techniques

The One Minute Scolding
The Amazingly Effective New Approach to Child Discipline
Nelson
1984

In the world of nonfiction, many book titles fall under the category of “wishful thinking” or maybe “never going to happen”. Many books fall into this group: diet books, employee engagement, how to have an effective meeting, any get rich book, any books with the word “secret” in the title, cat training, cute maternity clothes, and last but not least, parenting. You will notice that many of these books are featured quite often on ALB.

Dyslexia

Dyslexia

Dyslexia
The Problem of Reading Retardation
Hepworth
1971

Reading and learning to read are fascinating subjects. Holly and I both had undergraduate degrees in education and we have quite a few lively discussions on techniques and child development. We have come a long way in understanding how the developing child learns to read. For the most part, teachers during my time were breaking students into 2 groups: regular and special: there was no room for nuance. Toward the end of the 1980s and in the 1990s, there was real progress in diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. In addition, accommodation to students with learning issues were very much a part of mainstream schooling.

child care

How to Choose and Use Child Care

How to Choose and Use Child Care
Reynolds
1980

This isn’t too bad of a title, but the book is more on philosophy of what you need in child care.  The book reads as if every parent has a variety of options and an unlimited budget. There is a particular emphasis on church sponsored child care, especially for supporting spiritual development. There is also a subtle judgment about mothers that need childcare. This one is for the weeding pile.

Ideas are the Heart of a Program cover

Programming Gone Wild

Ideas are the Heart of a Program: An Innovative Programming Forum
Artz
[198?]

Submitter: Our submission is from an academic library.  We just withdrew this today. Why are the guy’s pants falling down at the Polaroid Scavenger Hunt? And we think A Kiss is Still a Kiss is just asking for a sexual harassment lawsuit.  The sentence “The Police Department saved up their coupons for a weekend with the Superintendent” sounds sketchy at best.

Teaching English

The English Department in a Changing World

The English Department in a Changing World
Knott
1985

Submitter: The cover says enough to explain why this 1985 publication is an awful library book. What’s striking, though, is how little has changed. Thirty years later, English departments still fight to justify their existence to administrators and parents, contend with dwindling resources, and struggle to include diversity in their curriculum.