Clotheshanger Projects James & Shinn 1979 What, you ask, can you make with these glooooorious clothes hangers? According to the book cover, “101 Fun and Useful Things!” Such as? That goofy woman’s face-thing in the second picture is calling to me.
This could be a fun book to browse…at a museum or archive of some sort. Sadly, there are quite a few public libraries listed in WorldCat that still have this book on their shelves.
I love the page that this submitter scanned from the book. Now there’s some sweet decor and fashion! I am impressed that they had an automatic dishwasher, though.
Looking Forward to Being Attacked
Submitter: Talk about putting a positive light on something bad, Looking Forward to Being Attacked was written by Lt. Jim Bullard from the Memphis Police Department. It was published in 1977. I included the table of contents to demonstrate how Lt. Bullard just oozes optimism.
Holly: Looks like a great book with a weird approach and title. No one looks forward to being attacked, even if they are a master at self-defense. Oh, I get it! He is being clever. This was re-released in 1987. With cell phones and car alarms, I think self-defense books in public libraries should be more up to date than this. Please weed!
Everything You Need to Know About Street Gangs
Submitter: The first portion of the book introduces kids to the concept of gangs by telling the story of Johnny Boston, a boy who moved to a new city and fell in with a bad crowd. Then it switches to a question and answer format, with questions like “once I’m in a gang, can’t I just quit,” “If I join a gang, will I have to carry a gun” and “if I join a gang, will I get rich?” One of my favorite picture captions says “motorcycle gangs often look scary, but many of them are relatively harmless.” And the photos of typical gang members are great — very, very dated!
Holly: Here’s a picture of one of those “typical gang members”:
You can trust the communists (to do exactly as they say!)
Fellow library comrades: I know I will hear from everyone about how this is an important piece of culture and we should never weed this kind of material. Heck, I am old enough to appreciate the communist threat. (I even had to sign a loyalty oath in the early 80’s as part of my job! – Go America!) This book has a place in an archive or a museum, not in a popular materials collection for a small public library. I think I am safe in saying that by 1989 this book lacked some punch. In case you really want to feel old, today’s college students were probably born after the Berlin Wall came down.
Jewish Chess Masters on Stamps
Berkovich and Divinsky
If your library or your community has a very (VERY) active stamp collecting society, this might be an acceptable choice for your library. Even then, it is very obscure! There’s nothing wrong with it and I’m not suggesting weeding it. It’s just an odd choice for a library unless they buy every possible stamp-related item they can get a hold of. The really interesting thing is that “Jews on postage stamps” is an actual subject heading, and there are all kinds of books about it on WorldCat.org. There are also books about “Catholics on postage stamps” and
…wait for it…
“Beavers on postage stamps.”
What to do About your Brain-Injured Child
What you should do is get a newer book. This was submitted to ALB from 3 different people and I found a copy locally. This is such a serious subject and I cannot believe that it is still on the shelves in quite a few public libraries. Brain injuries and other areas of neuroscience have had quite a bit of progress since this book was published. Is it me or is the ultra “cheerful” colors and graphics a bit odd? This one is a slam dunk, folks. Weed it please!
Wax in our World
Wax as a topic for a medium public library juvenile nonfiction section has got to be one of the oddest ideas ever. Just so you all know, I have no bias against the subject of wax. Hey, wax as a part of a craft or in candle making, I would be all over that. Waxing as hair removal, I might be interested in that for my collection. (Okay, I might have to be sold on that idea. Can you imagine the illustrations when they get to discussing the bikini line?) What makes me laugh is the idea that somewhere a publisher was in a meeting saying “I think the kids are looking for a good book on wax”.