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Midnight Ride of…Archie Bunker?

Paul Revere: Patriot And Craftsman

Submitter: I’ll be blunt, our children’s librarian is a wonderful person, but getting her to weed the kids’ books is like trying to pull a piranha’s teeth. She once held onto a New Kids On The Block book until she loudly heard a 9 year old girl saying “EEWWW!” That was three years ago. I’ve seen her keep biographies of sports heroes from the 80s – for a long time she kept children’s biographies on Princess Diana and Mother Theresa – that were written while they were still alive!

This one, however, caught my eye. It’s a primary kids biography on Paul Revere from 1974. While I’m sure it’s pretty good despite it’s age, one thing really caught my eye. Paul there looks a lot like Archie Bunker! Granted, little kids probably don’t know whom Archie was – unless their parents took time to explain the joke about “Archie’s Throne” in Night At The Museum Two: Battle For The Smithsonian. However, I can’t look at this and think “Great patriot.” I look at it and think about that time Sammy Davis Jr kissed Archie on the cheek.

Holly: Well, that pretty much says it all!  Every now and then we think it’s fun to post a book with a weird cover.  Paul Revere looks exactly like Archie Bunker!  We’re not suggesting it be weeded unless it’s in bad condition. This one’s just for a laugh, my friends!


Hanson: The Official book

Even my 50 year old self knows this is an awesome find!  Not sure this is still a good book for the youth biography-especially since it hasn’t been checked out since 1999.  It is in great shape though.
BTW, I put the song MMM Bop in the category of ear worms. God forbid I start hearing this in my sleep again.


Youth Biography on Ice

Ok, it’s time for some more youth biographies from yesteryear.  I always feel these types of postings make for great discussions on collection development.  We have a couple of choices here for you to debate in your library. Enjoy!

Dorothy Hamill

For the record, I wanted a Dorothy Hamill haircut when I was in high school. Ladies my age will probably remember Dorothy more for the hair than the ice skating.  I do miss the days of Olympic ice skating when Dorothy Hamill and Peggy Fleming were the stars..


Need more ice skating? How about this one:

Eric Heiden : Winner in Gold

Eric Heiden is a legend in speed skating circles.  Should you keep the book until his records are broken?  This book is missing several interesting facts about his life: he had an award-winning cycling career in the mid-80’s and became an orthopedic surgeon in the early 90’s.  We have talked about this before – the fact that a book doesn’t cover someone’s entire life doesn’t make it a bad book.  It does make it a less relevant book for public library collections 30 years later.

Thank you, submitter!