libraries and how to use them

NLW-Libraries and how they work

Libraries and How to Use Them
Hardendorff
1979

Another library book about libraries. Although geared to kids, it is pretty text heavy and the illustrations are just okay. As much as I could appreciate some definitions of library jargon, this book probably has more depth in some pages than a library science textbook. All in all, it isn’t the worst, but it is woefully dated.

I also kept looking at the cover and thinking it was some kind of pattern, like a stained glass window. It took me a while to realize that the groovy cover really was a bunch of books on a shelf. In 1979, this book is decent but in 2021. Somebody should weed this and submit it as supplemental reading for an intro to library science course.

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National Library Week 2021-Check it Out!

Check It Out
The Book About Libraries”
Gibbons
1985

It’s time to let the kids know about how much fun it is at the library. This 1985 book is colorful does a nice job of library history and about the job of a librarian. Too bad this is about the library of the 1980s. Note the use of the card catalog and no computers. It’s a cute book, but it really needs an update.

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NLW Special: Rule Breaker

Rule Breaker
Boswell
1990

In honor of National Library Week 2021, ALB is presenting some library and library-themed books. We are kicking off our week with a romance!

Our man of the hour, Rand Marshall, heard there was a children’s librarian named Jamie who turned down all the cool guys for dates. Rand was up for the challenge. Rand also has a secret identity as Brick Lawson, a best selling author of action thrillers that are wildly popular, but universally panned by the highbrow literary types.

Our meet cute starts with Rand hitting on our librarian by asking for a book by Brick Lawson. Of course, Jamie is all about quality literature and rolls her eyes at his request. (Very bad librarianship, Jamie – we don’t comment on customer choices).

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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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Biology Review

Biology Made Simple
Revised Edition
Hanauer
1972 (original copyright 1956)

This came to me with a couple of notations (blacked out to avoid identifying information): 2 separate notices from libraries about the damage in the book. None of the notices were recent. The damage noted a cracked binding and some torn pages. I would also like to add the yellowing pages and some mystery stains as well.

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Hospital Fears

The Hospital Scares Me
Hogan and Hogan
1980

In 1980, this would have been a decent choice for a picture book collection. Our protagonist, Dan, falls off the monkey bars and breaks an ankle. It is bad enough to require surgery and a hospital stay. The purpose is to explain to kids what happens in the hospital from check-in, x-rays, surgery, etc. We even have characters in the book who aren’t white! Dan gets around on crutches and heals up nicely. Cue the music.

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Where is Daddy?

Where is Daddy?
The Story of a Divorce
Goff
1969

I will be honest in saying that these types of books (I will call them “fix your problems with a story”) are a bit problematic for me. Yes, I understand that many of these books have therapeutic value. However, they need to be updated and revised to reflect the changes in society. I also want these books to stand on their own as good stories, not just a vehicle to send a message.