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A Philatelist’s Dream

Jewish Chess Masters on Stamps
Berkovich and Divinsky
2000

If your library or your community has a very (VERY) active stamp collecting society, this might be an acceptable choice for your library.  Even then, it is very obscure!  There’s nothing wrong with it and I’m not suggesting weeding it.  It’s just an odd choice for a library unless they buy every possible stamp-related item they can get a hold of.  The really interesting thing is that “Jews on postage stamps” is an actual subject heading, and there are all kinds of books about it on WorldCat.org.  There are also books about “Catholics on postage stamps” and

…wait for it…

“Beavers on postage stamps.”

Holly

Your brain injured child

What to do About your Brain-Injured Child
Doman
1974

What you should do is get a newer book.  This was submitted to ALB from 3 different people and I found a copy locally.  This is such a serious subject and I cannot believe that it is still on the shelves in quite a few public  libraries. Brain injuries and other areas of neuroscience have had quite a bit of progress since this book was published.  Is it me or is the ultra “cheerful” colors and graphics a bit odd?  This one is a slam dunk, folks.  Weed it please!

Waxing poetic

wax

Wax in our World
Russell
1966

Wax as a topic for a medium public library juvenile nonfiction section has got to be one of the oddest ideas ever.  Just so you all know, I have no bias against the subject of wax.  Hey, wax as a part of a craft or in candle making, I would be all over that.  Waxing as hair removal, I might be interested in that for my collection.  (Okay, I might have to be sold on that idea.   Can you imagine the illustrations when they get to discussing the bikini line?)  What makes me laugh is the idea that somewhere a publisher was in a meeting saying  “I think the kids are looking for a good book on wax”.

Mary