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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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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Yesterday’s Clowns

Yesterday’s Clowns

Submitter: This one was popular in our middle school library in the 90s, but hasn’t left the shelves since then. This one needs to be updated. Also, none of these people look like the mental image my students would get if they heard the word “clown.”

Holly: Those are clowns? And here I thought I’d have some pictures to torture Mary with!

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Ladies, come to order!

Ladies, Please Come to Order

I am not a “club” person or a “joiner” (library stuff not withstanding, but I resist all committees and meetings).

One of my favorite library stories is when Holly once had to make a presentation to a local club and sat through an entire discussion about the dessert served, the relative value of pies vs. cakes and if charging an extra dollar for the club lunch was too much. She told me she was 5 seconds away from grabbing the microphone and assigning who would eat pie and who would eat cake.

For the over 40ish crowd, think of  this book as Erma Bombeck handing out tips on parliamentary procedure and club administration.This lighthearted book has all sorts of tips on forming clubs, running meetings, fundraising, etc. None of it particularly bad or wrong, just dated. For those who care, women’s clubs date back a long time, and were a way women could educate themselves in a socially acceptable manner.  Fun fact: 75% of U.S. public libraries were initially started or supported by women’s clubs.

In the words of Groucho Marx:  “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” 


More meetings and clubs:

A Magical Staff Inservice

Unattainable Knowledge

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