Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Doris Does Concentration Camps

My Friend the Enemy
Sanford
1992

I know you have been waiting for this moment. Many people have said how much they need to actually SEE this particular book from our ever burgeoning collection in the Doris House of Infamy. Yes, it is another step into the bizarro world of Doris, and this time she has taken us to a concentration camp. The usual suspects are here: weird non-story and creepy illustrations.

Our brave children Kathy and Dick are some how caught up in what I think is the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. Who are these people? Where were the parents? I wasn’t even sure it was the 20th century until the end when the Americans came in a plane to rescue the camp.

If you are new to the ALB Doris Hall of Infamy books, please proceed carefully. Side effects include headache, nausea, confusion and overwhelming dread that humanity is doomed.

Mary

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Egg Carton Zoo

Egg-Carton Zoo II
Haas, Blohm & Blohm
1989

Submitter: Our district, a medium sized public library, haw been doing some pretty heavy weeding and one of the places I’ve been working has been the Juvenile 700’s. When I first saw this, I thought how long has this been hiding here? I thought for sure it was made in the late 60’s or 70’s. I wondered if we had at one time owned Egg-Carton Zoo I. I wanted to go find an egg carton, but realized that I didn’t have a Styrofoam carton at home. Are eggs still packaged in Styrofoam?

The book is set up to give you “facts” about each animal, a sample of what you could draw on the egg carton, and a finished animal. There are no templates and the author encourages you to manipulate the egg carton to find the hidden animals. The last sentence on pg 8 says it all. I think this would be rather hard for youngsters to create similar animals. The author also encourages the would be artists to raid the spice cabinet, specially mentioned is the saffron. I don’t know how many people actually still have saffron in the cabinet and if they did there might be some outraged cooks if kids used it to color an egg-carton fish. I’m not sure this book was actually written for kids and should probably have been originally cataloged in the adult collection. It’s only circulated a dozen times and it’s been 5 years since the last.

Holly: I would KILL a kid for using saffron in a craft project. It’s anywhere from $6.50 to $8.50 or more per GRAM! It’s a cute idea for a book, but it does seem like it could use more instructions. Maybe it’s just supposed to be inspirational and not a how-to book, but the end results are much more sophisticated than your average 10-year-old can pull off. Give a kid a chance! These and these are more do-able. Googly eyes are acceptable supplies. But saffron??

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Friday Fiction – Angela and Diabola

Angela and Diabola
Banks
1997

Submitter: The juvenile fiction collection at my library hasn’t been weeded in ages, but I do wonder about the person who decided to add a barcode to this book and then later update it with an RFID tag. It hasn’t circulated in at least ten years, the spine is about ready to fall apart, and the cover is dated. It’s time to send Angela and Diabola to the big recycling bin in the sky and let other, more current books take their place.

Holly: As noted under the title, this is the author of The Indian In the Cupboard. Does that make it sacred? No, it does not. It makes it worth consideration for replacement. This copy is in too bad of shape to warrant any more attention or shelf space. I’d weed it on condition and lack of interest by Submitter’s patrons. I’m surprised it hasn’t circulated in that long, actually! I kind of like the cover, too. Goes to show you – what works in one library is a waste of space in another. Do what works for you, everyone!

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The Town is On Fire

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