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Happy Birthday ALB!

Believe it or not ALB is turning six years old today. My usual anniversary schtick is to repost our first book about the Soviet Union. It is still out there haunting a collection. ALB’s birthday also coincides with our birthdays (sort of). This always makes me a bit reflective on any acquired wisdom. Like most librarians, I am beginning to think I have seen anything and everything walk through the door of a library. I also think that I have personally seen every weird thing ever published.  So, this is my long-winded way of telling you that in honor of ALB’s birthday, I have decided to re-visit some of the posts that still make me say “What were they thinking?” Really. I want to know.

This picture:

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Why would anyone think this looked good ?

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This cover:

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This kiddie book about horses doing drugs:

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This footstool:

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Gregory’s outfit:

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12 Responses to Happy Birthday ALB!

  • Many happy weeds!

  • Happy birthday, y’all! Thanks for keeping librarians laughing (and crying and cringing) about the Awful Library Books lurking in our collections.

  • Congratulatulations to ALB!!!!

  • Sorry for the misspelling… again… Congratulations to ALB!!!

  • Congradulations.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Congratulations! Here’s to another “awful” year. 🙂

  • I’ve only started going on ALB a few months and I’ve got to say I’m very compelled by that Latawnya The Naughty Horse book. It’s so weird and badly written it’s hilarious, and I would love to get my hands on a copy, but it sells out very quickly on Amazon because so many other people must think the same thing. Can you believe the author wrote a sequel??!!

  • Who went through and downvoted every reply?!

  • Posts like this remind me why I love libraries and books in the first place. As weedable as these books become, it’s just a reflection of how our literature is so weird, wide, wild, and wonderful to begin with.
    Happy blogoversary!

  • Thanks for a great year and many wacky insights.

    But as a sour puss I have to ask: why is When The Wind Blows still registered as an official Awful Library Book?

  • 6 years? It seems more like 5. But then maybe it took me a year to find. Regardless, as a long time Michigander (U-M grad and former school teacher) who escaped the Detroit tri-county area eons ago in order to have a better life, well, I give you credit for this blog and remaining in the state a lot of folks hate.