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Fun with Chickens

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Joy of Chickens
Nolan
1981

You’ve got to love when an author is excited about something. Evidently, chickens are this guy’s “thing.” Having been around chickens and hatching chicks, I don’t really feel joy. I feel mostly feel irritated by the constant chirping and smell.

This was recently weeded from a youth non-fiction collection. As a book, the content isn’t too bad, and the illustrations of the many breeds of chicken are beautiful. In my opinion, I think this book is more appropriate in the adult section. I will say that most of my adult patrons are usually looking for the small scale farming angle. (One particular patron was interested in dressing her chickens up in little outfits. I didn’t really wants to ask why.) Kids are usually just interested in stories and basic information. This book really doesn’t fit either need.

Fried chicken, anyone?

Mary

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Boots and Forceps

Boots and Forceps coverBoots and Forceps
Price
1973

Submitter: Would you have guessed this came out in 1973?

Holly: I had to look this one up. There’s a book review that makes it sound quite nice! Anecdotes from a country vet, maybe like James Herriot’s books. The stories seem to be quite old, though, since the book reviewer mentions the Dust Bowl and cavalry horses. I would not have guessed 1973, but much older. If it still circulates where you live, there’s nothing really wrong with it, but if interest has waned, you can probably clear up some shelf space by weeding this one.

 

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Home Filing Made Easy

Home Filing Made Easy coverHome Filing Made Easy!
Martin and Martin
1997

Oh good, everyone loves filing! Everyone reaaaaally loves easy filing! This book is certainly easy to follow, since there is so little mention of technology. Just stick your papers in folders and you’re good to go! To be fair, it does talk about fire proof boxes and an indexing system for easy retrieval. Not everyone is blessed with a librarian’s cataloging brain. (Should I file separately under auto insurance and health insurance or together under insurance, auto and insurance, health? Ok, it’s a blessing and a curse.)

As usual, this book is just old. These days, a home filing system has to acknowledge scanning, shredding, software options, apps, and uber-heightened security against identity theft. This 20-year-old book isn’t good enough.

Holly

 

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