Hoarding is not collection development

Living the Good Life

This category covers everything like sports,gardening, entertaining and arts. Think of this as a glorified 700s collection.

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Flappers 2 Rappers

Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang

Submitter: I could see this book being a valuable addition to a library dedicated to linguistics or even American history. In a public library, though, this particular book looks odd next to the dictionaries and other language manuals. It’s dated, it’s damaged, and it needs to go.

Holly: I think it’s an ok choice for a public library, but it has definitely seen better days! Between condition and age, I’d try to update it. Funny, I’ve never heard STDs referred to as “burning” (see third picture, below). Then again, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a conversation about STDs outside of health class, and Mrs. Elliott was strict about terminology. I’d have died to hear her say “burning.”

More Colorful Language:

Fresh Fly Flavor

A Show of Hands

Talking the Talk


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Groovy Decor

The Young Decorator

Ready to decorate your groovy pad? Solid! Here is a book for all your groovy decorating needs. Most of this decor could be characterized as “Brady Bunch” meets the “Jetsons” meets country chic.

This is a textbook for high school, yet I found it in a smallish public library. I don’t think it was there ironically. I can already hear the excuses: “It’s in great shape!” Weeding pro tip: If it is in great shape for a book that old, then probably no one thought it was worthwhile.  But those of you looking for some retro decorating ideas, you might find some of these pictures inspiring.


More Home Decorating Help:

Fabric Decorating

Decorating with Barbara Taylor Bradford

Scary Children’s Décor

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Teens: Design your own room!

Designing Your Own Room

I can appreciate having a teen book focusing on decorating and design. Art, craft and design books are usually a hit at most public libraries. This one is NOT that book. I am not even sure it was that book in 1977. As a teenager in the 1970s, I did have a passing interest in a canopy bed, but having 3 sisters puts a damper on a family budget and bedroom space. So, no to canopy beds.

Decorating books are really quite interesting and give everyone a peek into what was considered “fashionable” back in the day. As a teen in the 1970s, I am here to tell you no one I knew had rooms like this.



Home Ec 50’s Style!

Psycho Decorating

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