Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Workout with Daddy and Me

Workout with Daddy & Me
Family Home Entertainment
1991

Submitter:  I perform collection development for the audiovisual materials at a small public library.  I found this tape while weeding the remnants of our VHS collection.  In addition to being dated technology, it looks dated.  The fashions especially do not hold up—please note the air pump shoes.  Also, the solid blue background that stays the same throughout the movie does not make for a riveting visual experience.

Holly: I agree – easy weeder.  I’m sure the moves are fine and it’s a nice idea to have family workout time, but it definitely looks old.  The blue background makes it seem like cheap production, too.   That guy on the cover looks like a cross between Dave Coulier and Kevin Nealon.  Full House meets Weeds. Nice.

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A Hair Raising Book

Everything You Need to Know To Have Great Looking Hair
Gignac
1981

This is basically an extended promotion for hair products, and the content is pretty light. I think this is a good example of a bad book regardless of the pub date, as there is really no serious content. (I did laugh at the hair myths, none of which I had ever heard other than the one about pregnant women not being able to chemically process their hair.) There are not a lot of hair pictures, either. I was hoping to break out the big hair of the 80s for everyone. Update, please!

Mary

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The Righteous Guide to being a Christian Teen

If You Really Trust Me, Why Can’t I Stay Out Later?
Peterson
1991

Today’s post features a teen devotional out to help kids see through all the lies. The kids on the cover are late 80s at best and probably remind today’s teens of Mom and Dad’s high school photos.  I would imagine any teen shopping in the 200s will just walk on by this title. Teen religious materials are popular in my library, but like all things they age quickly.(Now, I am willing to bet that someone will write me and say that we believe Bibles should be weeded.) I also think there is a lack of decent writing in inspirational nonfiction for teens.  I get the scenarios but I keep thinking the advice is bad. I also think the author needs to tone down the “lies are everywhere” rhetoric. Some of my more religious pals back in high school would have absolutely disliked the obnoxious teen preaching about the evils of evolution.

Mary

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