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It's time for Thanksgiving

It’s Time For Thanksgiving
Sechrist and Woolsey

As we start heading into November, I thought I would share this little holiday gem that had not left the shelf in at least 20 years. It might have been longer than that, but the library automated in 1995 so what happened before is anyone’s guess.

This book is actually done by 2 youth librarians and is perfect for anyone wanting to have some themed ideas for a preschool or story time —in the 1950s. It has skits, crafts, poems, and stories that are perfect for a story time or teacher led program. I have a feeling these librarians assembled their best stuff and wrote a book for their fellow youth librarians. This was the 1950s equivalent to a Pinterest board or story time ideas blog.

I think it needs to be retired just on the fact that a few crafts depend on using hatpins.


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Groovy Pilgrims

thanksgiving crafts and cookbook cover

Thanksgiving Crafts and Cookbook

Just in case you have no ideas what to do this Thanksgiving holiday, this book is for you. The illustrations are just outrageous. That groovy doe-eyed look on everyone from Pilgrims to the modern people is just….weird. Think of these as a pencil version of a Peter Max wannabe.  I think I will stick to my traditions of the Lions losing and marathon Hallmark Channel movies.



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Easter Crafts for Kids

Our Easter Book coverOur Easter Book

Submitter: Our Easter Book continues the groovy adventures of Miss Berry the teacher. The book is full of fun activities such as going to a petting zoo, making Easter kites, and playing with bird nests. There are some interesting activities, but the story is not so interesting. I’m thinking that most teachers are not pulling out guitars and asking the kids to do a flower dance. I work at a medium sized library. This groovy dated nonsense doesn’t circulate, and needs to go.

Holly: The cover has seen better days. It’s dirty and has remnants of old-stickers on the spine, and it’s really not worth going through the effort to clean it up. I have to give props to this kind of binding, though. They just don’t make books anymore that stand up over time like this. I’m sure some of the activities are ok, but if it doesn’t circulate then it’s just taking up space unnecessarily. I’d be surprised if someone hasn’t bought another Easter craft book for the collection at some point in the last 39 years. If not, it might be time to examine your collection development policy and your collection budget and re-prioritize some things. Also, this is cataloged as 372.1, not as a picture book. It wasn’t immediately clear to me if this was a story book or an instructional craft book.

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