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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Secrets of the Club Ladies

The Clubwoman’s Manual
Monro and Monro

Ladies of the club, please come to order. This really is a book from another time.  These clubs have a long tradition of promoting education and charity.  More than one public library out there owes their existance to a ladies clubs. ( The General Federation of Women’s Clubs has an interesting timeline of the history of these clubs. )

This is basically a how-to manual. The part I found amusing is the amount of ceremony involved. This is serious business. My mom has been a part of clubbing for many years, but I honestly thought they just had cocktails and discussed some book or other interesting topic. Any modern club ladies out there want to comment?

I can’t imagine anyone in a modern women’s club finding this info particularly helpful. My personal experience with this topic has usually just involved Robert’s Rules of Order.  I think we can safely weed this in 2014 for some more modern publications. I would imagine the General Federation has materials to help as well.

In the words of Groucho Marx: “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”


More Meetings and Clubs:

Ladies, Come to Order!

Go Team! 

Motion to make bar service mandatory

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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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