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Famous Negro Athletes

Famous Negro Athletes - cover

Famous Negro Athletes

Submitter: I found this gem in the teen sports section of my local public library. I give them credit for including a woman. However, this screams “update me!”

Holly: Again, this belongs somewhere, but not in the teen section of your basic local public library. There are so many people missing from this volume! Also, this book pre-dates the deaths of these athletes. Only two are still alive at the time of this writing: Willie Mays and Jim Brown.


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Bruce Jenner’s Guide to the Olympics

Bruce Jenner’s Guide to the Olympics
Jenner and Abraham


Submitter: I’m the library director at a small community college in [Alabama], and I came across this little gem while I was shelving this morning.  I think it’s a prime candidate for weeding, because most of our students only know Bruce Jenner as the Kardashian’s step-dad who became Caitlyn! Never mind the fact that it’s 37 years old now, and most of the countries listed don’t even exist any more. Some of the events listed probably aren’t even part of the Olympics any more, for that matter. This little jewel is going to be retired to the special collection in my office!

Holly: Caitlyn is surely as happy as anyone that this little number has been retired. Sports is a section that is easy to overlook, but it goes out of date like anything else.


More Sporty Specials:

Keeping Up with Bruce Jenner

Mark the Shark

Olga Korbut

Sports A to Z

Even More Juice

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Boring Baseball Strategy

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We’ve Got Spirit!

Cheerleading and Baton Twirling

Cheerleading books are a staple of most kid’s nonfiction collections. Lately, I have been asked more about coaching cheer teams, rather than from the kids themselves. It’s still a thing, and worth collecting if it is popular in your community. This particular book is doesn’t seem that helpful even for the early 80s. I have tried to figure out these weird drawings and I’ve got nothing. (I do realize that my lack of experience in anything remotely coordinated might be influencing my opinion.)

I do know that it is more than just yelling a few cheers and turning cartwheels as it was in my day. Batons are still a thing, aren’t they? How do pompom teams fit into this culture? I want to know! Cheerleaders and twirlers, please update us on the modern versions and weed this one without a second thought.

Go Team!


Related Posts:

Can you be a pompom girl?

Go Fight Win!

Track and Field for Girls

More Football

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