Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Type Up Your Personal Problems

College Typewriting with Personal Problems
Lessenberry
1941

Submitter: I have a book we just recently weeded at [a university library] that I think you’ll like. The “with personal problems” is what first cracked me up. I couldn’t help thinking, “No thanks, I have enough already.” Aside from the humorous nature of the title, I’m not sure why we were still holding onto a book on typewriting, let along one that is over seven decades old. We’re an academic library, but I can assure you the school’s mission does not include the collecting of vintage textbooks.

Holly: Oh, brother. (Ha! See what I did there? Actually, this book was published back when Brother made sewing machines, not typewriters.) Books about typing are great for libraries of various types, but for the love of Smith Corona, please update them!

Type ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em:

How Quaint!

Type This Up!

Typewriter Town

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Eating Badly

The Junk Food Companion: The Complete Guide to Eating Badly
Spitznagel
1999

Submitter: This book is clearly meant to be humorous, but it was shelved right in the middle of the diet books and cook books. It does contain some interesting facts and trivia about various types of junk food, but even that information is dated. At the very least, this book should be shelved with humorous books; at best it should be weeded.

Holly: I can see why it’s technically cataloged under “junk food,” which is technically 613.2, but I say go for broke and re-catalog it to the 800s in humor. Be brave! The library police only go after nickel fines, not renegade catalogers.

This book is kind of fun! See if it circulates better over in the 800s, and a year from now weed it if it hasn’t. However, if you’re strapped for space, it can probably be weeded without any ill effects. I do like the “Effective trick or treating techniques” offered on the back cover, though!

More Funny Food

Be Bold with Bananas

Salmon Jell-o Anyone?

It’s Congealed!

Sandwiches from Hell

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High School Vigilantes – Friday Fiction

The Emerson High Vigiantes
Miklowitz
1988

Paul Ross, nice guy editor of the Emerson High School paper is recruited for the Knights of Honor Society. They are all about justice and want to “clean up” the high school from all the bad elements. In other words, they want to be bad asses, but for a good cause. Of course things get out of hand. Now it’s hard to tell the “good” guys from the “bad” guys. Mom and Dad just don’t understand. Lots of teen drama for everyone

Mary

More Teen Angst:

Teen Furries

Fear Street

This Town is on Fire!

Dad’s not Drunk

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