Country books are a pet peeve of mine. Canada, in particular, has been suffering the indignity of having some seriously outdated materials stuck in Michigan libraries. (You know who you are.) We should be showing some respect. After all, they are our neighbors. I can already hear the judgmental sighs from my Canadian friends all the way to Ottawa.
Go weed the country books. Do it for Canada.
For all you library nerds, I urge you to check out the Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Derby Line, VT and Stanstead, QC. This public library that has the unique distinction of having the US-Canadian border running right through the library’s reading room.
Submitter: Another horribly outdated travel book. The sad thing is this actually circulated 10 years after the Expo! Even sadder is that it’s been sitting on the shelf for 30 more years. Imagine a deluxe hotel today going for $18 a night. We love the suggestion of packing a fur stole. We are a state library.
Holly: Cool book in 1970. By 1980 it was pretty much done-for. Now? Doorstop.
Submitter: Really, I think the title and cover say it all. But, just in case readers weren’t immediately alerted to the inappropriateness of this book for a current audience, there are gems like, “Some people have more culture than others.” Also, “Over in Africa, we find much the same strange situation. In the east African grasslands Negro and Negroid people have been cattle breeders for centuries. Yet milking is the chief economic use of livestock.” *gasp* They use cattle for milk? Also, photos 3 and 4 [below] are there for the lovely sentence comparing Shilluk men to poodles.
This book is weeded, now, and headed to a fate that its author would surely find strange: reincarnation (perhaps as toilet paper?).
Holly: Let’s not teach our children that people and customs are “strange.” This has no place in most public libraries. Replace it with something current that celebrates diversity!