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Weeding is not rocket science

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Rocket Power and Space Flight

Stine

1957

The flyleaf of this book starts out by saying that the book was the result of thousands of letters that the author received.  He says, “Some of these letters have been from young men … the rocket engineers of tomorrow.”  In 1957 it was inconceivable, I’m sure, that a woman would become a rocket engineer.  The author talks to the “fellows” who wrote him letters and uses the pronoun “he” and “him” throughout the book.  Reason #1 to weed it.

Also, it is a bit technical.  It explains how rockets work and how they are tested.  I’ll bet that’s a bit more complicated nowadays than this book indicates!  Reason #2 to weed this: it’s waaaay out of date.  This is twelve years before we ever went to the moon!

A great choice for a parenting collection!

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When Children Invite Child Abuse:  A search for answers when love is not enough
Gold
1986

A fellow Michigan ALB spy has given us this gem!  I am speechless just on the title alone!  Who on earth is the target market for this book?  Abusers looking for an “out”?  Question to the public library with this holding:  are child abusers one of your major patron groups that you feel are being under served by the public library?

Library Advocacy

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Careers in a Library
Rebecca Anders
1978

Don’t you want to become a Librarian after seeing this book? Young minds are SURE to want a piece of the library action!  ALA has spent too much time and money trying to advocate for librarians and libraries for one public library to ruin the profession with this book.  Seriously – this is so far from what a career in a library is really about that they’re actually damaging the profession by having this book on the shelves.

I did enjoy the fashion flash-back, though.

 

 

 

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