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The Spinning Silver Shaft

baton twirling coverBaton Twirling: The Fundamentals of an Art and a Skill
Atwater
1964

Submitter: Not only is the cover very out of date, but I am not sure that people who are interested in baton twirling today would learn it through books, and more importantly, would learn it through this book. Also the dedication, which I also sent a picture of, is really quite terrible, and I quote, “Dedicated to all of you who have a love for and an interest in spinning the silver shaft.” I am not sure if that is normal baton twirler lingo, but seemed very out-of-date and slightly inappropriate. (Maybe it is a great baton twirler inside joke?). This book came from a public library.

Holly: The spinning silver shaft! <wink!> I agree with submitter – YouTube is a better option for baton twirling lessons than this black-and-white book from 1964. My mom graduated high school in 1964 and she’s…old. Don’t tell her I said that.

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That’s One Badminton

Badminton - coverBadminton
Sports Techniques Series
The Athletic Institute
1969

Submitter: Make them go away!  These sports books are the walking dead of our collection–never quite eliminated. They keep staggering into view. I’m sure the game and terminology hasn’t changed much since 1969, but I’ll be looking for a replacement with color illustrations and players who don’t look embalmed.  The cover is so boring, no middle schooler here has ever opened it–oh, what they were missing!  Another one bites the dust!

Holly: Oooh, yeah. If this was for middle schoolers, the cover alone is the kiss of death.

 

 

 

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Jump for Joy

Jump for Joy - coverJump for Joy: The Rebounding Exercise Book
White
1984

Submitter: I work in a public library and this book came in from one of our partners to fill a reserve.

Holly: I bet the patron who requested it was disappointed, although the 1984 pub date should have tipped them off. The black and white pictures, as well as the models’ outfits, are pretty dated. I especially like the business man who keeps a trampoline in his office, pictured below. My staff would never let me hear the end of it if I was bouncing around in my office.

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