Submitter: It’s more than you would ever want to know about decorating Easter eggs (including Egg Lore and Legends and Egg Customs), and it has some very non-PC text. Intro page is cleverly shaped like an egg (see photo) but you get to the second paragraph and…
Under the heading Easter Eggs and the Special Child: the “seriously handicapped need not be deprived…”
And later still (see photo), simple decorations “for use with ‘small people’”! So I’m guessing that would be children?
Page 31-“an artistically inclined housewife, feeling trapped in the suburbs, might get just the lift she needs by trying peephole eggs…” [eyebrow raise]
Page 44-“children who are not feeling well should not assist in egg-blowing.” DUH.
Holly: Those are some pretty specific examples, but they did say everyone! The cover looks like it might be a really cool book. This is a good reminder that even books about seemingly innocuous subjects like crafts need to be considered in light of current sensibilities.
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.
How To Make Christmas Ornaments
Submitter: Decorate your tree 70’s style! Found this gem in the oversized book section. We especially adored the earrings and the “Christmas Tree.”
Holly: OMG, those earrings! Hiddeous. These ornaments look just like my grandma’s Christmas tree did most of my life. Grandma’s ornaments are a lovely thing to put on your tree, but if you are helping patrons look for books on to make Christmas ornaments, this book is probably not what they had in mind.