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Diabetes and Pregnancy

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A Guide for the Prospective Mother with Diabetes
Graber, Christman, Rawlings, and Boehm

Isn’t this an attractive looking book? I think the excessive tape and dirt also add to its ambiance. The big question is why is it still in a public library health collection? I hate to go off on a rant, but this just kills me. Hopefully this was a book that fell through the cracks and isn’t indicative of the rest of the health collection. Seriously, this is NOT better than nothing.

I would also like to suggest that department heads and directors seriously look at data regarding the age. Median age and average are good tools for evaluating collections. If your staff aren’t getting this done, especially in time sensitive collections like medical and legal information, please get with them and re-prioritize collection maintenance tasks. Don’t let this book happen to you!


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Teen Preggers

Teen Pregnancy

Submitter: We weed our collections on a yearly regular schedule and I can usually breathe a sigh of relief when I check our catalog for books featured on ALB because we don’t own them.  Our collection is pretty well maintained, if I do say so.  But sometimes things slip through the cracks!  I found this gem while pulling hold items on the same topic.  I’m just glad the customer hadn’t placed this one on hold.  The scan of the cover doesn’t really do its condition justice.  It just looks dingy, old, and well, awful!  Most of the general information isn’t bad, but all of the statistics are from the late 70’s or mid-80’s.

Holly: The cover really dates this book.  Yeah – 25 years is a bit long to hang on to a book on this topic.  I can only imagine how far from reality “Chapter 2: Money” is!

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How Babies Are Made

How Babies Are Made
Andry and Schepp

Submitter (Who asked me to call him/her “Nialla”): This little gem is no longer in our collection, but it’s been kept in the workroom for years. I’m pretty sure it was kept there the entire time it was in the library, because previous directors of my small town library would never dream of putting such a “racy” book on the shelves.

The cover itself is just bland, but the artwork made of paper cutouts is just… wow. You can start with the cover with the title link, but if you want to literally skip the birds and the bees (and puppies), you can go with the human section.

Holly: The paper cut-out illustrations s in this book are…interesting. This is a different approach to sex ed, for sure!  Warning: the animals are shown in full…um…”activity.”  Potentially NSFW!!

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