Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development


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Friday Fiction – Questionable Cover Art

The Thing About Georgie

Submitter: I found this while weeding my school library. It isn’t an awful book, but it is a pretty unfortunate cover — a middle grade book with a hanging? After some discussion my coworkers and I decided that this was supposed to show the main character (a boy with dwarfism) sitting on a chair with his legs dangling, but I can’t get past the appearance of suicide. You’ve got to wonder who approved this…

Holly: Um, yeah – that made my mind go straight to hanging too. Context is important in books for kids! Maybe they could have shown just the edge of the chair with the dangling legs? Not an awful library book, but a questionable cover for sure.

More Crazy Covers:

Friday Fiction: Sense & Sensibility

Friday Fiction: Cover Art Creeps

WTF Cover Art: Timepivot – Friday Fiction


Makin’ Copies

Photocopying From Bound Volumes; A Study of Machines, Methods, and Materials

Submitter: Besides being outdated, it turns out we had not one, but three copies of it on the shelf. THREE! The vast majority of the machines used are no longer even produced, much less in service. And I never even knew that in the past, you had to set the dials for exposure time when photocopying! We are an Academic institution.

Holly: I didn’t know that about exposure time either. I’ve never seen or heard of the “Rolla-Copy” [pictured below] either. The thing in the first picture below looks like it would result in lots of torn pages. Mildly interesting, but more relevant to a museum or archive.

I can’t possibly pass up this opportunity to share the SNL copy machine skit. Enjoy!

More Technology Relics:

Typewriter Town

Flip Phone Fun

Cool and Cordless!

Copy Machine Art

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Give Thanks For Old Craft Books

Our Thanksgiving Book

Submitter: Here’s a groovy book about Thanksgiving. Miss Berry is a teacher, and she does groovy activities with her class such as pin the feathers on the turkey. The illustrations have some vintage charm, but are not that interesting. The text is kind of dry. Holiday collections are small, and should be filled with current books (or appropriate and interesting classics) that kids want to read.

Holly: “Vintage charm” is one way of putting it. Or, old, dirty, uninspired, irrelevant, lame… In the age of Pinterest, craft books like this are less useful. Yes, yes, we still buy craft books for children in public and school libraries. We’re not going to stop. In fact, it’s one of the biggest parts of the youth 700s in my library. Kids (and parents and teachers) love ’em! I guarantee they’re more interested in something from this decade than they are in “vintage charm.” That said, if you have the space, create a “vintage” collection or display. How cool would that be? Right? It’s all about context.

More Vintage Charm:

Make-It Book

Do-It Book

Easter Crafts for Kids

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