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Parent/Teacher Collection

This category includes all parenting and education materials.

Parents are, like, soooo lame!


How to Deal with Parents and Other Problems

“Steady dating”?  “The Unmentionable Topic”??  This is just priceless.  Wait, my mistake!  It’s 60 cents, according to the cover.  Talk about dated! The chapter titles are great – read the back cover below (enlarged for easier reading).

The author uses phrases like “going steady” and “getting fresh.”  Do kids today know what that means?  And how about the chapter called “Why Your Mother Acts That Way” and the father’s answer is “Your mother is going through a change of life” (p.37).

Ah…the salad days of 1959.

Submitted by Holly.




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A great choice for a parenting collection!


When Children Invite Child Abuse:  A search for answers when love is not enough

A fellow Michigan ALB spy has given us this gem!  I am speechless just on the title alone!  Who on earth is the target market for this book?  Abusers looking for an “out”?  Question to the public library with this holding:  are child abusers one of your major patron groups that you feel are being under served by the public library?


Creative Recreation for the Mentally Retarded

Thank you to the anonymous submitter for this one!  Wow.  I’m going to assume that most librarians do not think this is a good choice for today’s shelves. Here’s a great example of how if you don’t keep up with weeding, when you finally get around to it you’ll realize how many ridiculous books like this you still have on the shelves.   What must the public think??   There are lots of better, more current choices for books on this topic.