German in 10 Minutes

Sprechen sie Deutsch?

German in 10 Minutes a Day
Kershul
1992

Another pick from Mary’s Swedish Death Cleaning Project

My husband and I spent a couple of years in the UK. Hubs was frequently doing work in Germany as well. We thought it would be fun to take a German course through our local community education. It was fun and hubs felt comfortable ordering beer with other engineers after a hard day making cars. The book itself was a good choice for a community education class.

If this were for a public library I would have to say no. Since it mostly a workbook, it is probably not the best use of a budget. This would be a good donation for the book sale though.

The thing I can’t understand is why we kept 2 copies?

Mary

Sculpture in Paper cover

Sculpture in Paper

Sculpture in Paper
Roukes
1993

Submitter: Here is one submission, based on condition and age. I missed it in my first weeding of the section because I didn’t open the book. It’s a cool idea for a book, but I believe that a new edition would circulate.

Holly: It has definitely seen better days, as you can see from the water damage in the first image below. This one could definitely be replaced if it has circulated well! On the other hand, often patrons will immediately let staff know about damage like this so that they don’t get blamed for it, so maybe no one has looked at it for a while. On the other other hand, I have found items on the shelf with peanut butter on the cover and pages held together with duct tape and prayer, so it could have been checked out several times like this and no one bothered to do anything about it!

online seduction

Cyber Seduction

Online Seductions
Gwinnell
1998

Before all the dating apps, Facebook, and other social media all sorts of interactions were happening in the early media of AOL, Prodigy, and BBS groups. The author professes to neither be “for” or “against” online matches. She has mostly anecdotes of both successful and not so successful matches.

Online dating is pretty mainstream now, so although her advice is not wrong, it is out of date. Time to let this one go and update with something from this century.

Babysitter's Handbook cover

Babysitter’s Handbook

The Babysitter’s Handbook
Greene
1995

Submitter: I didn’t realize how old this book is until I pulled it off the shelf and flipped through it. This kind of material needs to be updated due to new technology, such as doorbells and wearable medical devices, and things like basic first aid/CPR.

Holly: For sure! Not to mention its spiral binding. Anything spiral bound and 25 years old should be in much worse condition than this, which means it probably didn’t get much use.

Autism Ambassadors cover

Autism Ambassadors

The Autism Ambassadors Handbook
Kukoff
2013

Submitter: This terribly ableist book is in the library of the university I graduated from. When I discovered it as an autistic student, I was livid. The author, an 18-year-old boy who is being treated as an expert despite his lack of qualifications, describes autistic people in the most alienating way possible (he actually says we sound as if we just stepped off a spaceship). He doesn’t consider that if a child screams or covers her ears, maybe she is hurt or scared by a loud noise. To him, this behavior is just evidence that she is socially oblivious. The author clearly hasn’t talked to many autistic adults. If he had, he’d know that we do NOT want to be “indistinguishable from our peers”, that stimming has an important purpose, and that autistic people want real friends, not assigned “friends” for whom we are a special school project.

First Book of Sign Language cover

Sign of the Times

My First Book of
Sign Language
Holub
2004

Submitter: The daycare I work at actually has a library! And the last time this collection was weeded was… never. So there were a lot of cases of books hanging on by a hope and a prayer but there were also books like this one. Good books teaching sign language can be hard to come by and this one is ok. Its pictures aren’t bad, the signs are ok for young kids but it was published in 1996. For hearing young children, it’s not that big of a deal that it’s out of date, but with modern technology being as it is and the fact that this isn’t a book you can really read to a kid, it went in the get rid of pile.

Holly: Maybe you would read it with the sibling of a hearing impaired child, to teach them sign language? I like the format with the pictures, and the words seem relevant to a child’s home and family life. It makes me wonder if more modern sign language books for kids do have technology words, like “C is for cell phone” and “I is for Internet”? Lol!

Mary's library for weeding

Library Death Cleaning

Since I am working from home right now, I have set up shop in what we call “the library.” Most of the stuff in this room are books, pictures, and some miscellany from family. This room is more for reading and not working. However, I wanted to keep library work separate from my other stuff, so I used this room so I could spread out.

We have a LOT of books in this room. Most of the time, I don’t pay attention since I mostly read library books. I can’t remember the last time I looked at titles in here. Combine this with the fact that I turned 60 last month, and we have known people that have been sick – and in some cases died – from COVID-19, I had a literal Swedish Death Cleaning moment. I am not planning to die soon, but I have decided that it’s time to get rid of our detritus throughout the house, starting with this room.