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Fun and Games

Early Pleasures and Pastimes
Kalman
1947

Submitter: We found this gem in our Children’s department of our public library, on a recent much needed weed. The children on the cover seem to enjoy waterboarding Grandpa. The actual photos inside are very disturbing. They dare you to wrestle a bear, and how about the crying little girl watching her beloved turkey get it’s head chopped off. I don’t understand why we had this one on the shelves for so long!

Holly: None of these are pleasures or appropriate pastimes for children! Pretty sure Grandpa is bobbing for apples. He doesn’t seem to be very good at it, though.

Jump rope!

Jump for Joy!

Jump Rope!
Skolnik
1974

This ancient artifact was only recently weeded from a public library. Given the publication date, I very well could have checked this out as I was teen in 1974. Even if the information isn’t “wrong”, this just is so old, it’s embarrassing. Check out the array of fashion choices. Just yikes!

When I was thumbing through the book, I was really disappointed in the pictures. I am not referring to the fact they are black and white, but how they are just bad pictures and add nothing to the narrative. It wasn’t just the ones posted here, but all through the book. It was like someone’s mom grabbed their Kodak Instamatic and just pressed the button in the general direction of some jump rope action.

Jumping rope was a pretty standard fare during my elementary school days. Everyone did it. Now I only see jumping rope as part of a fitness routine. Do kids even jump rope any more?

sexual fitness cover

Let’s Get Physical!

Sexual Fitness
Complete Vitality
Time Life Books
1988

Feeling sluggish and want to get back into a high intensity bedroom “workout”? This is the book for you. Grab your partner and bring on the sexy. Exercise and general fitness is essential for a healthy sex life. Getting in shape with your partner has the added benefit of getting those sexy times started.

We also have lots of options in workout gear. Ladies, break out the tights and leotards for a sleek look. Sexy exercise also includes lots of touching, so evidently the expected “workout” attire is a lace camisole.

Athletic Body cover

Sissy Squats

Bruce Jenner’s The Athletic Body: A Complete Fitness Guide for Teenagers
Jenner and Cobbins
1984

Submitter: This book was weeded from a suburban high school in Georgia. Really everything about this book, including the exercises & title, is outdated. I wonder if Caitlyn would cringe about the ‘sissy’ squats terminology? It could be considered a little offensive in today’s world. My favorite part of the book is the dedication page to “all the future Jenner kids”… who knew there would be so many Kardashian ones as well?!

Holly: Sissy squats? That’s awful! What’s with the kids’ pants on the cover, too? They’re HUGE!

cycle jumper cover

The Cycle Jumpers

The Cycle Jumpers
Spiegel
1974

It’s time for another Evel Kneivel book. This little paperback is still alive and kicking at a library. This paperback should have been weeded on condition, and evidently the owning library taped it enough to survive a nuclear war. I can’t believe it wasn’t weeded when libraries were went to computers in the mid 1990s. It also has an RFID tag. I would be willing to bet the tag cost more than the book. My favorite part is the blurb on the back cover that says “exciting black and white photos”.

Remember, paperbacks are not intended to last 50 years. This is also geared to kids. Why rescue a paperback that won’t get any play from the kids. Maybe they can read it with Grandma and Grandpa.

Olympic Spirit cover

Nude Olympics

The Olympic Spirit: 100 Years of the Games
Wels
1995

Submitter: Aside from being 26 years old, I also noticed this had quite an eye-catching image on the frontispiece. Was he performing a Rhythmic Ribbon routine and had a mishap? And what’s with the guy peering in from behind him ?

Notice that the publisher is none other than… Stop & Shop. Weeded from my middle school library.

Holly: I think the nude guy is doing rhythmic ribbon, and the creeper behind him is either waving a flag or checking out the backside. There’s another nude in the bottom left corner. Was nude Olympics a thing 100 years ago?

Games the Indians Played cover

Games the Indians Played

The Games the Indians Played
Lavine
1974

Submitter: This book uses outdated and culturally insensitive terms like “redskin.” It contains a decent amount of research from when the author was a teacher on a reservation. He interviewed many of the indigenous people there and I’m sure meant this to be a teaching tool about the culture, but it is a really old book that is now falling apart. Plus, it just gives off vibes of “oh, let’s look at the white man’s view of the savages’ primitive games.”

Holly: I’ve been learning a lot about collection diversity audits recently. While libraries may solely be looking for the percentage of materials about and by BIPOC, they need to use the opportunity to weed inappropriate materials like these. Please, please, don’t just count it as “diverse” and leave it in the collection! Look at the materials closely and audit the content while you’re at it.

Footy Fan cover

Footy Fan

Footy fan
Vol 1, No. 2 and Vol 1, No. 3
1963

Submitter: Footy Fan – no not that type of podiatric lover – is a magazine from down under for Australian Football. It was dropped off as a donation to this American local public library. This will be kicked over to the for sale cart where I am sure it will walk out the door.

Holly: These are cool, although I doubt most American public libraries have a collection need for them. Yeah – someone will snag them in a sale, though.