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Vice Patrol refers to posts that concern all matters of sin.

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Drug Brothers


Drugs and Your Brothers and Sisters

Submitter: This book comes from my local branch of my public library.  They had two copies of this edition next to each other on shelf. The library system has 4 other copies from two later editions. If the publisher felt that an update was necessary, then I would think that was cause enough to weed this dated book.

Holly: I popped the keyword “drugs” into the ALB search box and came up with 16 pages of results. There is no end to old drug books in public libraries, apparently! Please, go “weed” your drug books. (See what I did there?)


Drugs Are Bad:

Why Do People Take Drugs?

Mom and Dad Do Drugs

Are Your Kids Using Drugs?

Friends and Drugs

Drugs for the Kids

Drugs and the Law


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Friday Fiction – Bear – NSFW



Submitter: This is a controversial tale of two star crossed lovers. Taking place in the cold landscapes of Canada, this bizarre love story goes where most books don’t. You will explore themes of love like never before. That is, if you can muster up the courage to open the cover. Even though many people consider themselves to be avid animal lovers, no one loves animals as much as the main character Lou. Some consider the book to be about a spiritual journey and how all living creatures are connected in this way. Others just see the cover and think one thing “Is that lady really getting it on with a bear?” But hey, maybe the controversy is enough to spark reader interest, which in turn, sells more books. Wise move Marian Engel. Nevertheless, I think that’s too much for a library book. (This book was found in my college library.)

Holly: I have a confession to make. Submitter included a sample page from within the book that isn’t included below. But I know you’re all dying to read it, so here’s a link to it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. To each their own and all that, but I think we can all agree the whole concept is bizarre.

By the way, this book won the Canadian “Governor General’s Literary Award” the year it was published (1976). Also by the way, the main character is a librarian. Of course. It was written as part of a fund raiser for the Canadian Writer’s Union – a project in which “serious writers” contributed pornographic fiction. It is, naturally, dedicated to Engel’s therapist. See the Wikipedia article for more great trivia tidbits about this book!

More Covers to Behold:


WTF Cover Art: Timepivot

Venus on the Half-Shell

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Drugs are very bad

Drugs and Domestic Violence

Direct from the teen nonfiction collection: another book examining another social ill. These series are everywhere and probably used by students to write that report about how “drugs are bad”. Obviously the facts are out of date and this series just looks old fashioned. I have noticed a decrease in the last few years of students asking about the “drugs are bad” reports. I also noticed that these books have not been circulating either. The only chuckle for me on these books are the photos used to illustrate. They remind me of a more modern version of the classic filmstrip used in my high school  health class. (Yes, I am that old.) Maybe the “drugs are bad” message is fading as a school assignment? Regardless it is outdated and it has low circulation.

Just Say NO to old drug books,


More Drugs are Bad:

Mom and Dad do Drugs

Drugs are Evil. (Don’t miss this classic Doris title!)

Turning on Without Drugs

Don’t be a square! You can rap about drugs with the kids.

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