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Desserts from the Fridge

250 Luscious Refrigerator Desserts
Berolzheimer, ed.
1954

For those of you with a sweet tooth, here is your source for all sorts of treats that use your fridge/freezer. Of course there are recipes for ice cream, Baked Alaskas, cookies, pies and puddings. Unfortunately, the black and white photography doesn’t really help with appeal factors. The cover shot is ice cream, in case you didn’t recognize the food. (I had to look several times to be sure). However, if you like your food with a creepy face, check out the second picture after the text.

Mary

More Food Fun:

Food with Foreign Flair!

Minimal Effort Cooking

Appetizers, Anyone?

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Oozing from every pore

Oozing for My Lord
Heron-Love
2007

Another unfortunate title in our ALB line up. The author, however, insists that this title came to her. This book is actually decent enough as a memoir/personal faith story. The contents are totally appropriate for a general religion section, but I just can’t get past the oozing.

Mary

 

More Title Trauma:

Touched

Eat Dirt

Tooting and Scooting at the Library

A great choice for a parenting collection

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Boy Scouts Get a Computer Badge!

 

Computers
Boy Scouts of America
1968

Submitter: I removed this book from the shelves of my public library when I did a massive overhaul of the collection last year, soon after I was hired.  I saved a few of the most outdated and/or offensive titles under my desk.  This is one of them.  At the time of weeding, this book was nearly 50 years old. A technology book. 50 YEARS OUT OF DATE.  A TECHNOLOGY BOOK.

Holly: Do librarians hold on to things like this because they think, “Oh, it’s cute! People like nostalgia!” or because they think it has some sort of historical value – or are they just lazy and haven’t weeded in decades? It is cute and people do like nostalgia, and it does have historic value (and yes, they are often just lazy)…but those are the reasons why it belongs in a museum or archive, not in the regular shelves at the public library. My favorite line (last page included below) is about how if your “dad” uses his credit card to buy gasoline, a computer makes that payment happen. How does it work when mom pays at the pump? Apparently in 1968, she didn’t.

 

More Nostalgia:

Be Prepared!

Boys in the Kitchen

Whitey and Whiskers

Little Corpuscle

 

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