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Typewriter Practice

Basic Typewriting Drills
Wanous
1978

Submitter: Who wouldn’t want a typewriting practice book? Obviously that would be so much more helpful than the dozens of free keyboarding practice games available online. My favorite part of this book, aside from the fact that it has never been weeded from my public library, is that it comes with a built-in stand so you can set it up right next to your typewriter while you practice.

Holly: That does make it pretty handy. My favorite feature are the ripped, torn pages and cover, barely holding on to the spiral binding. If the examples were at least a computer keyboard, it would be better, but they show manual typewriters. There’s probably a whole section on the carriage return!

More Old Office Skills and Drills:

How Quaint!

Typewriter Town

Type This Up!

Dictate This!

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Computing Over 50

Computing for the Over 50s
Reeves
2006

Submitter: While weeding the whole library (don’t be alarmed, the library is a pretty small place), we came across this gem of a computing book. It’s a bit out of date but the book isn’t actually awful. We’re just confused by the cover. What do bears hugging trees have to do with computing? Can someone please explain it to us?

Holly: That is a very strange cover for any computer book!

More Weird Covers:

Sports A to Z

Friday Fiction: What’s In the Pocket?

Primping and Painting

Friday Fiction: Venusia

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Ancient Chinese Science

Wonders of Ancient Chinese Science
Silverberg
1969

Submitter: The juvenile nonfiction section at my public library hasn’t been weeded in a very long time, as evidenced by this book about Chinese scientists. I include a picture of the card pocket in the front because of the “two cents a day” fine that is mentioned.

Holly: It does say “ancient” right in the title… but there are too many references to “recent” times in this book. A new book on ancient Chinese science would be great, though!

More Science of the Ages:

Blinding Me With Science

Animal Cruelty at the Science Fair?

Sliding into Science

Evolving Cover Art

Biology Coloring Book

 

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