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Be a Nurse

What it’s Like to Be a Nurse

Join us as we follow these gals as they pursue a fabulous nursing career.  Don’t worry,  boys can join in the fun, too.

How long since anyone has seen a nursing cap?  I remember the school nurse decked out in the cape and the white hose.


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Bowl Me Over

The Complete Book of Family Bowling

Direct from a submitter in the eastern United States…
“My coworker at our small public library was weeding the sports section last week and found this slightly-out-of-date bowling guide.   We love the photo of the stylish bowling togs!  I’m not sure how many circs it has had; it seems to be in near-mint condition.  But thankfully, it will be circulating no more; we don’t want to misguide our patrons as they choose an outfit to wear to the local bowling alley.

Mary:  Do you think those are culottes on the second picturet? (Young people, go Google that fashion term!) I am proud of this library’s choice to improve their community by making sure bowlers have better information and bowling fashion tips.

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“Real” Eskimos




People of Alaska

I am always a bit concerned when any kind of social studies type material for kids is this old.  I also know that there are many cultures that make up the native peoples of Alaska.  I was under the impression that use of Eskimo was not appropriate and that Inuit or Yupik were preferred terms.   I would love it if someone could correct me on this.

Another irritation is the description in WorldCat:

Describes the past and present way of life of the “Real People,” the Eskimos of Alaska.

Do you think that the folks over at the  “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks might like this?  I had no idea that the people of Alaska were not real!