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Library Skills for the Kids

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Developing Library Skills
Guide to Discovering and Using Library Resources

As we close out our National Library Week posts, we need to have something for the kids. I know we want the kids to know all about the card catalog and the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature. This is more about teaching tools. The worksheets aren’t too bad if you were in the 4th grade in the mid 1980s. I think we can safely weed this one. It is probably outdated for the parents of the intended audience.


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Ancient Chinese Science

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Wonders of Ancient Chinese Science

Submitter: The juvenile nonfiction section at my public library hasn’t been weeded in a very long time, as evidenced by this book about Chinese scientists. I include a picture of the card pocket in the front because of the “two cents a day” fine that is mentioned.

Holly: It does say “ancient” right in the title… but there are too many references to “recent” times in this book. A new book on ancient Chinese science would be great, though!

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I want to be a LIBRARIAN (updated!)

I Want To Be A Librarian

Waaaay back in the early days of Awful Library Books we shared some wonderful examples of old timey librarian career books.  Back in 1960, this version of I Want To Be A Librarian! was published.  Thankfully, we have this newer edition!  I love this book for the simple text and pictures.  I do think that maybe 2003 will be too old for a picture book very soon.  As the technology changes, I want to see that reflected in the books.  Although I would love our librarian cover girl to rock a more modern hair cut, I am at least thrilled it is not a bun and she isn’t wearing glasses!

Going over our old librarian themed posts made me chuckle.  Enjoy some of these older posts too:

Library Advocacy:  Check out this old title from 1978.  If you read the comments, the featured youth librarian is still working!  Now that is a good story!

Romance in the Stacks! No National Library Week would be complete without this teen romance!  I am still trying to get a hold of a copy for myself!


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