Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

When bad things happen to innocent library books

(Not sure what book this is.)

Submitter: Today, I got to bill people for the moldy book. I am [also] including a photo of a picture book that unfortunately lost a game of tug of war with a puppy.

Holly: Ewwwww! Mold spreads.  It’s the kiss of death in libraries and must be thrown out immediately.  At least staff was able to intervene with these.  It kills me when people think they can just put it in the drive-through drop box and no one will ever know it was them.  Trust me, we know who you are and we will be calling you. The chicken book (below) looks hilarious! I bet that was a cute book!

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You can Be a Professional Driver

You Can Be a Professional Driver
Liebers
1976

Submitter: In my defense, this book was NOT in our career section so I feel slightly better about not weeding it before now. It was probably a very good career book in its day, but that day has long passed. The cover is plain blue, so I included a scan of the half title page with a guy driving an awesome forklift manipulating a giant cylinder. Several points of interest were the reference to the construction of the Alaska pipeline and the swell clothes worn by the people in the office. Their computer is pretty groovy, too.

Holly: Oh, and hey – even women can work in this industry! They can be key-punch operators, secretaries, and clerks!

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Papa Bear Joe

Strategies of the Great Football Coaches
Nuwer
1988

Submitter: I was horrified to find Joe Paterno featured in this book about great football coaches. It is from a high school library. Funny how the quotes and chapter titles can be so right and so wrong at the same time: Joe Paterno: His Defense Never Rests. The following quotes are just plain awkward given the events of the past few years:

  • p106 “…he feels it is more important to work with young people than to make money.”
  • p114 “”But mainly, says Paterno, he is responsible for his own successes and few failures.”
  • p114 “I really tried hard to be myself, figuring that kids could smell a phony, I don’t think you can fool them.”

Holly: Oh, the irony.  Sigh…

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