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Bush Friendly

Making Your Garden Bush Friendly: How to Recognise and Control Garden Plants which Invade Sydney’s Bushland
McLoughlin
1993

Submitter: We are an academic library serving a landscape program. While right-sizing the collection this week, I found this unfortunate processing fail. For the record, the barcode is covering the word Garden.

Holly: (Snort!)

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Repair or Replace?

Submitter: I call this pile, “No, we don’t have to try to fix these, we can buy new ones.”

Holly: Isn’t it wild how much time, tape, and effort some libraries will put into fixing a cheap paperback? They make up 90% of donations, so they’re often free to replace! Even worse, though, is when they’re found on the shelf like this. There’s really no need to squeak one more circulation out of these; just replace them or let them go.

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Lady Bodyguard

The Reluctant Bodyguard
Michaels
1994

This time we have a bit of a switch: the bodyguard is a woman! Chad, a local TV personality has been getting some disturbing mail from a fan. His police buddy sets him up with a female bodyguard, Jenna. This book has it all: romance, suspense, and a guy working through some issues about needing to be protected by a woman. Not that bad. It’s dated, but I am partial to the suspense angle in romance.

The reason I posted this today is that this 1994 paperback was held together with tape and prayer. I blacked out the handwritten “barcode” number.

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What’s What

What’s What: A Visual Glossary of the Physical World
Bragonier, Jr. and Fisher
1981

Submitter: I love visual dictionaries and this one is charming. Even though the pictures are all black and white, they are clear and instructive. However, in the age of Google image searching, no one is looking for a book to help them visualize, especially not college students! And things like Vehicles and Audiovisual Communication have changed a LOT since 1981! And who knows, maybe readers of the future will wonder what a book used to look like, or a letter on paper. But this book is no good to our readers here and now.

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Grassroots Fundraising

The Grass Roots Fundraising Book: How to Raise Money in Your Community
Flanagan for The Youth Project
1977

Submitter: Submitting this 1977 book on fundraising. Most of the data, addresses, and dollar values are out of date and the entire book is dry and brittle – not to mention it lacks contemporary fundraising resources like GoFundMe and others help make this an easy weed.

Holly: Oh good, a double-whammy of outdated and falling apart. Perfect for our current COVID-19 times, where every non-profit in town is desperately fundraising.

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Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?

Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am
Powell
1969

Submitter: This well loved 1969 copy of John Powell of the Society of Jesus – Why Am I Afraid To Tell You Who I Am is filled with underlining and other notations from some past perplexed borrower. Still in print today and time for this copy to move on. Included the creepy clown picture for Mary…

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Fix It or Forget It

Chilton 1975-81Chilton’s Import Car Repair Manual 1975-81
Chilton Book Company
1981

Chilton’s Import Car Repair Manual 1980-1987
Chilton Book Company
1987

Submitter: I recently was assessing circulation on my library’s old Chilton’s manuals. The attached two manuals have not circulated in 10+ years – possibly because both are missing huge chunks of the text. Which was noted with these lovely contact-paper-covered labels. There was definitely some internal screaming over here when I ran across these two.