Rhythmic Activities

Rhythmic Activities

Rhythmic Activities Series II
Stuart and Ludlam
1955, 1963

Submitter: This set of cards with songs and activities is not only ancient and falling apart, it’s also not even remotely useful to our users (academic library). We do have an Education program, but no self-respecting teacher or teacher-in-training wants something this old! Though it did circulate last in 1995.

Holly: I think you can weed this one on condition alone! Cute idea, just wayyyy outdated.

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Clowns, the Fun Makers

Clowns: The Fun Makers
Boring
1980

Submitter: This book has not circulated since 1999, and I can see why. The photos are pretty boring. Plus being a history book on the topic of clowns that is now over 40 years old – it’s time to replace and update.

Holly: Or, as Mary says, “Clowns: The Nightmare Makers.” I guess if your last name is Boring and you’re a writer, you find something fun to write about. It’s basically just a history of clowns and circus entertainers (ending at 1980, obviously). Not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but definitely old and…well, boring.

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Glamor Shots – NSFW!

Successful Glamor Photography
Kelly
1983

Submitter: While helping someone look for photography books here at the public library, I came across this gem. It’s porn – let’s not kid ourselves. Almost every page has topless women on it. To my eye, this is one of those “Art” books that is really upscale porn. The circulation for this book was still good, so I updated the subject heading so that patrons will understand the true intent.

Holly: I’ll just bet it circulates well! Lol! Scroll down AT YOUR PRE-WARNED DISCRETION for the uncensored cover and other images from within.

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@ss Trombone

True confessions: I played trombone in high school. My dad was a band director, and my sisters and I all played instruments. They chose flute and clarinet, so of course I had to choose the most obnoxious thing I could think of. (I chose drums and was told “absolutely not”…so I married a drummer instead.) So, as the resident trombonist here at ALB, I feel qualified to comment on this book.

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Green Wiccan Herbal

The Green Wiccan Herbal: 52 Magical Herbs, Spells, Witchy Rituals
Silja
2009

Submitter: I’m sure there’s a place for this in a public library and my library has a few more books on the Wiccan/Wicca lifestyle. I can honestly say I have no idea how to apply any of the suggestions in the book and am too afraid to ask anyone. I’m sure there is no harm in trying to follow the suggestions in the book with no knowledge right?

Holly: What could possibly go wrong? Look, I have no issue with books about Wicca or Wiccan practices in libraries. This was even reviewed as being “well-suited for beginners or those only interested in basic kitchen witchery.” However, it either has a weird design or someone spilled something on every page.