Tumbling and Trampolining cover

Tumbling and Trampolining

Tumbling and Trampolining
Loken
1977

Submitter: I weeded this book from my high school library immediately upon seeing it–way back in 1990. For some reason, however, I can’t seem to throw it away. It’s just too awful and each photo is better/worse than the previous one.

Uncharacteristically for high schoolers, there are no drawings or comments in the book, which is ripe for that sort of thing. Great conversation starter!

Forts

American Forts

Historic American Forts
From Frontier Stockade to Coastal Fortress
Colby
1963

I have no doubts that historical forts are worthy of a book. Back in the early 1960’s, this was probably a reasonable choice. This is some brief history and a bit of tourist information on about 15 forts across the United States. Not bad, but I am sure any tourist information, including maps, are woefully out of date after more than 50 years. The library binding of the old days, dense print, and lackluster photography means no one will be giving this book a second look no matter how informative.

Mary

crafts for the disabled

Crafts and the Disabled

Crafts and the Disabled
Anderson
1982

This book has projects and instructional advice for integrating this into a program for special needs adults. Disabled in the context of this book is meant to cover anyone with some kind of challenge. Unfortunately, this lumps everyone into a large group regardless of their specific need. I am quite sure adaptations for someone with vision issues is going to benefit from same craft project as someone with arthritic hands.

Mime Ministry cover

God Loves Mimes

Mime Ministry: An illustrated, easy-to-follow guidebook for organizing, programming and training a troupe of Christian mimes
Toomey
1986

Submitter: Weeded for condition from a public library, where it was still circulating. I think I’m finding it funny because of the “Troupe of Christian Mimes” in the title – one trained Christian mime isn’t enough to spread the Word?! My collection has a slightly more recent title on the topic that I’m keeping, which has the hilarious (to me) LCSH of “Clowns — Religious Aspects — Christianity”.

colors at home

Color My Home

Your Colors At Home
Decorating with Your Seasonal Colors
Smith and Gilbert
1985

In the 1980s, having your colors done, was quite the thing. I remember quite a few books and tv talk show segments devoted to figuring out color schemes worked for your skin tones. People were either a Summer, Winter, Fall, or Spring. I remember trying to figure this out for myself and coming up with nothing. I still don’t really understand how this works.

mystery smell balloon

Smelly fun for the kids

How To Make A Mystery Smell Balloon
Shores
2011

I came across this title while I was browsing the catalog. Since the title was weird, I had to see what this was all about. Smelly balloons, really? This is actually a science book and is quite fun. I can see why kids would really find this fun. (As a parent, maybe not so much.) When my kids were young, they would have been all over this book.  Maybe it wouldn’t be on their radar unless maybe they filed it under jokes/pranks. 

As a youth librarian, I could even see this as a program. What could possibly go wrong?

Mary