music of the 1890s

Hits of the ’90s

Favorite Songs of the Nineties
Fremont (Ed.)
1973

Submitter: I work in public library serving a Florida community with a mix of retirees and young families. I just ran across this book in our collection. The clash between the title and cover really stopped me. I started wondering if this was easy listening music from the nineties. Then I noticed that any songs I recognized from the cover predated the 1990s. That’s when I realized something that, based on the title, I doubt any of our patrons or librarians would have expected. This book is actually about the 1890s! Not that there’s anything wrong with period music, but consider that this book is older than I am, it’s maybe time to get a newer song book of turn of the (previous) century music.

suzanne somers poetry

Don’t Touch Me, Chrissy!

Touch Me: The Poems of Suzanne Somers
Somers
1980

There’s no denying that Suzanne Somers has been prolific. She’s written diet books, exercise books, aging books, a biography…and even a poetry book. It’s awfully sweet and cute and charming; only a little bit nauseating.

If you have scads of extra space in your library, by all means keep it and embrace it and read aloud from it at a poetry reading program. For everyone else, this is an example of a poetry book that could be weeded without significantly impacting the depth and scope of your poetry collection.

How to be a Disc Jockey

Dr. Johnny Fever is in the house

How to Be a Disc Jockey
See
1980

Submitter: I was browsing in our adult oversize nonfiction shelves for some movie books last week, when I stumbled across this gem! To be fair, 90% of that collection should be weeded, so it’s not that hard to find an Awful Library Book, but this one is especially humorous. The cover alone kept us laughing for a long time!

The discussion of various lighting equipment and effects cracked me up, with it’s emphasis on disco-era musts like infinity panels, mirror balls, and dance floor lighting modules. But my favorite page was 42, where the author comments that “video has always been slow to catch on in discos.”