Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development


Viernes Ficción – Linda Blair

Submitter: A truly amazing assemblage of books in Spanish, sensational Go Ask Alice-style tales of errant teens losing their innocence and generally behaving badly. And ALL OF THEM featuring photos of actress Linda Blair (mostly stills from a series of TV movies she did in the mid-70’s between the Exorcist films) on their cover. Is it any wonder young Linda had such a hard time of it?

Holly: Most of these – at least the ones I found in WorldCat – have copyright dates in the early to mid 1980s.  That’s what I would have guessed.  Unless you have patrons with that special combination of Spanish-speaking, 1980s-loving, Linda Blair fans, I think it’s safe to weed these.



Lots of Lice

Submitter: This book is awful because it paints lice and sharing in a good light. You keep expecting the author to write that this may be how lice think, but that lice really is bad, have a lesson for kids, etc. But it never does!

Holly: It is kind of a cute story, but it would be nice if there was a more obvious lesson to it.

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Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

How to Get More Fun Out of Smoking

What’s not to love about smoking?  The cancer!  The excise taxes!  The inability to light up anywhere you want!  Finally, a book to bring back the fun of tobacco.

This book is a hoot.  It does belong in archives or special collections as it is a great insight into the tobacco culture of yesteryear.  I still laugh that even back in the day, someone would think there needs to be a book about smoking. Imagine sitting in the pitch meeting for that book. “I don’t know if the kids will take to smoking if we don’t really convince them of the fun.”

Take a look at the second and third scan below. Pregnant moms can light up with no problems. Reported heart/lung issues also haven’t been proven, so live wild!  Perhaps this might be a nice choice to promote “balance” in the collection.


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