Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development


Cutting Edge Internet Advice

Internet Safety

Submitter: To be fair, a lot of the information in this book is still useful and relevant, but it is just crying out for an updated version! I pulled this book when I saw it ON DISPLAY. Yikes! That’s just embarrassing. The cover photo has a computer that looks like ancient history to today’s kids! Those screenshots of the browsers, though. And I went and googled “AOL Anywhere” and discovered it was cutting-edge technology in 2001 that allowed users to access their e-mail on their cell phone. You know, so you wouldn’t have to buy a second phone line in order to keep your Internet use from tying up your phone line. The sidebar about “energy creatures” with the picture of the crying baby is a real gem. Apparently the Internet community hadn’t come up with the terminology “troll” in 2003? And perhaps the scariest part of all? It circulated twice last year. I’m feeling a little bit scared to go look at the rest of the early 000’s. I imagine this one isn’t even the worst. This came from a public library in a medium-sized town in the Midwest.

Holly: ON DISPLAY?? No. No, no, no. No.

More Internet Fun:

Kids and Computers

More Interwebs for Beginners

Doesn’t This Look Like Fun? Computers A to Z

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Bringing home the bacon


The Working Wives’ Cookbook
Zavin and Stuart

This was published before there were a lot of choices in convenience foods and people didn’t really eat out as much as they do now. These ladies did it by making everything ahead of time. They are also big proponets of appliances, especially the dishwasher, which was pretty rad for the early 60s. The recipes aren’t that interesting, but they do work for the time and place. I also figure that this was probably pretty radical concept for a cookbook in the early 60s.

Unfortunately, there really isn’t a discussion of hubs getting up and helping out.


More Tips for those working women:

Working Parents

But who will do the cooking and cleaning?

Be a Guilt-Free and Organized Working Mother

100 Tasty Ways to Please Your Family

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Geography for the kids

Earthsearch : A Kids’ Geography Museum in a Book

Submitter: This book is a fun hands on exploration of the earth’s geography. The book has been well used and loved based on its current state. There are several things that make this an awful library book. The first are the removable coins in the back cover. There was an attempt to keep the coins contained with the addition of tape, but clearly that didn’t work very well. Where did those two missing coins go? This book was shelved on a bottom shelf within easy reach of toddlers, so a definite safety hazard. The rice has most likely gone rancid and would make a child sick if eaten. Wrinkled pages and pages that are pulling away from the spiral binding…it’s time to go.

Holly: What a cool book! For a gift or home use, that is. It is a horrible format for public libraries. Between the spiral binding, the tabs sticking out, the bag of rice, and the loose coins, this is about as bad as it gets for public library use.

More Bad Formats:

Tuna Chip Casserole or Tomato Cheese Delight?

Gourmet Eggs and Fish

Recipes from the East

And More Bad Science:

Blinding Me With SCIENCE

Sliding Into Science

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