mature person's guide to kites, yoyos,frisbees, and other childish diversions

Mature Gaming

The Mature Person’s Guide to Kites, Yo-yos, Frisbees and Other Childlike Diversions
Dickson
1977

This book is aimed at adults and supposedly talks about all sorts of games and quasi sports. Most of the book is dedicated to Frisbees, Yo-Yos, and Kites. There are lots of photographs and illustrations. The book itself is less than 200 pages, plus a few more with diagrams for paper airplanes and kite construction. It is not in depth, and frankly not that interesting. Game history could make a great topic for a library collection. This book barely even scratches the surface in some topics and in others there is not enough.

I am not sure it would have been a good purchase back in the day.

Yoga cover

No Pants Yoga

Illustrated Color Guide to Healthful Yoga
Donat
1974

Submitter: In cleaning up a collection, we found this Awful Library gem… Illustrated Color Guide to Healthful Yoga. I think the pictures speak for themselves – who does yoga in their underwear? Found in an academic library. The cover really doesn’t do the book justice – it’s what’s inside.

Holly: Dear readers, feast your eyes on this!

the aerobics way

“New” Data on Aerobics

The Aerobics Way
New data on the world’s most popular exercise program
Cooper
1977

Aerobics was just beginning to be the exercise fad when this was published. Most folks would probably credit Jane Fonda’s 1982 workout tape. This is more a discussion of aerobic activity and all the supporting data. It really isn’t any kind of workout, but more of the science and studies related to heart and lung function. A dated book, but I have a feeling this became the springboard for the aerobic dancing exercise fad.

aerobic dancing

Exercise Resolution-80s Style

Aerobic Dancing
Sorensen
1979

Now that we are in January for real (I was in denial), time to get started on those new year’s resolutions. How about you go old school with some aerobic dancing? Although it’s changed a bit over the years, the basics are still out there: music, accelerated heart rate, and some kind of choreography. You can even break out some leg warmers if you want the truly authentic retro experience.

Aerobic dancing was the new thing in the late 1970s and Jane Fonda’s exercise video in 1982 made aerobic dancing a household term. Basically, this was the incorporation of dancing to improve your heart rate and general endurance.

backgammon for blood

Backgammon for Blood

Backgammon for Blood
Becker
1975

I had no idea that backgammon was a blood sport.

I have never played backgammon, so I can’t speak to the quality of this book.The title is kind of cool, so points for that. I did take a look at the beginning chapters and still didn’t quite “get it”.  I’m not very quick on picking up games.

As a weeding candidate, unless the rules have changed or the tone or vocabulary is dated, I wouldn’t necessarily toss this. Given that the book is over 40 years old, it’s not too bad.

Tumbling and Trampolining cover

Tumbling and Trampolining

Tumbling and Trampolining
Loken
1977

Submitter: I weeded this book from my high school library immediately upon seeing it–way back in 1990. For some reason, however, I can’t seem to throw it away. It’s just too awful and each photo is better/worse than the previous one.

Uncharacteristically for high schoolers, there are no drawings or comments in the book, which is ripe for that sort of thing. Great conversation starter!

How to Sht in the Woods

Leave No Trace

How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
3rd Edition
Meyer
2011

Submitter: Recently weeded from my small rural public library. I did not weed because of content or even because of the title, but really because of lack of circs and we’re starting to get very overcrowded on our Adult NF shelves. Does there really need to be an entire book on this subject? I would think this subject can be covered in a few paragraphs in any good hiking/camping/survival book. Oh, and I learned something here that I apparently didn’t learn in Sunday School decades ago: the Bible has a verse telling you what to do with your excrement. Huh… who knew?