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Felt Up!

Decorate with Felt
Goldman
1973

I think this is hands down the DULLEST craft book  I have ever seen. There are no colorful pictures and the crafts themselves are pretty ugly. This is just page after page of stuff I would never want in my house, even if my precious snowflake children made them.

I can’t imagine this flying off the shelf in the 1970s any more than it would in 2014.

Mary

More Crafting:

Please throw it away

Groovy Teen Crap

Moar Pantyhose Crafts!

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Keeping Hubby Happy

How to go to work when your husband is against it,
Your children aren’t old enough,
And there’s nothing you can do anyhow
Schwartz, Schifter, and Gillotti
1972

Holly and I went on a field trip a while ago. We visited a couple of small/medium libraries in southeastern Michigan/northern Ohio. We go and look for cool ideas and some possible candidates for ALB. (We also shelf read and front the books because we just can’t let it go.)  Well, I found this book and started swearing. Yes, this book is currently in active circulation at a small public library. In 2014. Kill me now.

Even for 1972, there really is no concrete advice. One resume example and a discussion of a functional vs. chronological resume. Note the helpful “Personal” section on the resume that indicates she is a married mother. There is no helpful discussion of childcare other than a suggestion to call grandma or hire someone. I guess fathers cannot participate in any of these responsibilities.

I get that this is a product of the times, and I bet it was a provocative choice for some libraries. My worst fear is that someone will pick this up while browsing and not realize how dated it is. I just cringe. This is worse than having nothing.

Mary

I also included the job description for librarian in the last 2 shots. Note the salary.

More dated career advice:

Another Career Book Trying to Kill Me

‘You’re Going to Make it After All”

Resume Kit

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Proto-Internet Kitteh!

Mourka: The Autobiography of a Cat
Le Clercq
1964

Submitter: We’re a super small academic library at a school that focuses on the shipping industry, engineering, and business. We received an ILL request a few months ago for this title and were surprised to find it in our stacks. The only time this book circulated was for this recent ILL request, and we’ve had it since the 1960s. I’ve dubbed this book “the proto-internet” because it is nothing but ridiculous cat photos. It somehow managed to escape the most recent round of weeding, and all previous rounds of weeding. Right now we’re going to continue to keep it for the sheer amusement value, but it makes no sense to have ever had this in our collection. (According to this book, Mourka was George Balanchine’s cat.)

Holly: Maybe previous weeders left it for you as a little “gift.” They had the same idea you did to keep it for amusement value. Ha ha! Thank you, previous colleagues. We needed this little laugh today! #NowGoWeedIt

More Cat Madness:

Dancing with Cats

Why Cats Paint

Your Cat’s Sex Life

On the Cat Walk

Crazy Cat Ladies

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