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Trash to Treasure: The Recycler’s Guide to Creative Crafts
Van Wagner Childs

Submitter: Here’s a treasure that I found while weeding. I’m pretty sure that 1996 wants her hairstyle and crafts back. These days, people use Pinterest and newer craft books for recycled crafts. The book is dated and beaten up, so it’s off to the trash.

Holly: This is a great topic for a craft book for a public library! It’s just really dated, and this particular copy is not in the best shape. I’m with Submitter: Pinterest and new books on this topic are a better option. On a side note, the lamp is kind of cute, but the Easter Surprise Box is a bit over-the-top. My Grandma might like it, I guess…


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Knapsack Problems


Knapsack Problems: Algorithms and Computer Implementations
Martello & Toth

Submitter: I work in a college in [Canada] which has about 5000 full + part time students total. I found this gem while searching for wet books after a recent pipe leak. It’s a book on computer algorithms with a very helpful large floppy disk. I’m sure college students of today find this very useful. I guess they don’t know what they’re getting since it has never circulated since we got our new system in the early 2000s. Weed time!

Holly: I’m intrigued by the cover art. What does that have to do with algorithms and computers? The 5 1/4″ disk is pretty cool, though. And by cool, I mean awful.


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Abacus: My Mistake

Problem Solving with Calculators


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Barbie and her Japanese Friend

Barbie’s Secret
1964 (original copyright 1958)

Barbie, our complicated friend who has trouble with career choices and men (Ken, what is wrong with you?) is now facing some cultural challenges as she hosts an exchange student from Japan. Barbie meets the wonderful Yoshiko and helps her fit in to the good life in America. First up, change her name to something more appropriate. Yoshiko’s new name is Posy. Much better, right? All your favorite Asian stereotypes are right here for your entertainment. Probably a good idea if there are no plans for a “UN Ambassador” Barbie.

Sorry, I didn’t read far enough to find out Barbie’s secret.



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