JK Lasser's 101 plans to pay less taxes

Tax Time

J.K. Lasser’s 101 Plans to Pay Less Taxes
(revised and updated)
Bernard Greisman, editor
1984

For all our American friends, April 15  is Tax Day.

In the late 1980s, I was an accountant and did my fair share of taxes. Naturally, I am also one of those librarians who actually like tax season. It is one of the few times non library users show up at the library and a great time to show off what the library has to offer. These days I am contented to be Chief Financial Officer of ALB. I do the taxes for ALB and tell Holly we cannot deduct the cost of beer and fireworks as part of operating expenses. (I suppose we can make a case if we invite a couple of librarians to join us and call it “marketing”.)

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Friday Fiction: 6th Grade Can Really Kill You

6th Grade Can Really Kill You
DeClements
1985

Just recently we posted the book called How do you lose those 9th grade blues? with the ultra creepy older boyfriend? This another book in the series, where Elsie is a background player to Helen. Helen has some sort of learning disability and also acts up. She struggles with reading and is called dumb (and worse). Naturally, not all the teachers can see this problem and are just awful and inflexible. A new teacher sees the problem and wants Helen in a special education program. Helen’s mom doesn’t want her in a “special” class due to embarrassment and the stigma.

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Food Stretcher

The Family Cookbook
The American Woman’s Food Stretcher Cookbook
Make your Ration Points Go Twice As Far
Culinary Arts Institute
1943

Submitter: This cookbook has been on our shelf since 1943, which is both amazing that it survived public library use and yet dodged the weeding process. I think the only thing that can make a cookbook worse than having no images is one with black and white images like these. Someone will enjoy this one on the for-sale cart.

Holly: “Meat Roly Poly” with pickled peach/olive faces and “Noodle Cottage Cheese Casserole” are on my no thank you list…and I’ll eat just about anything.

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Gunshot Wounds

Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques
Di Maio
1999

Submitter: This book may not be an awful library book for a college or specialty library, in fact it’s a very informative book, but this was found in our little rural public library. I can see internally it was purchased to fulfill a request by a patron many years ago and unsurprisingly it has never circulated. With that said, this book did not meet our collection development policies then, and does not now. (Whispers to self “Is it a policy if no one follows it?”) We should have been able to Inter Library Loan this instead of purchasing a copy. The book is filled with over 400 pages of graphic images of entrance and exit wounds of suicide and homicide victims . I limited what I scanned to leave most of the graphic content out for many reasons.
Lastly there is a 2015 updated edition of this book.

Holly: Thanks for sparing us the gruesome parts. The patron who requested it didn’t even check it out? Oooooh, that irks me when that happens.

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World Leaders Past and Present

Margaret Thatcher
World Leaders, Past and Present
Garfinkle
1985

Submitter: Or, as a friend put it, “Dictators and a Couple of OK People”. This is a YA nonfic series that we only weeded a couple of years ago from the Norwood Public Library where I’m the Library Assistant. They have been sitting in our book sale room ever since; strangely, nobody has bought any of them.

These books were published in the 80s, when I was in high school. Even as a voracious reader of anything I could get my hands on, these would have bored me to tears, with their dense text and black-and-white photos. The librarian who ordered them back then was probably talked into the set by a slick salesman, since she was completely out of touch with teenagers.

Holly: More like “World Leaders, Past and Past-er.” What’s up with the font styles on the spines? That’s dumb.

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NLW Special: Excel for Collections

Analyzing Library Collection Use With Excel
Greiner and Cooper
2007

This is my personal copy that I have had over 10 years. It is my little bible for all things collection and Excel. Yes, it is out of date, but statistics and goals are not. I am also an average user of Excel and appreciated the advice setting up some of my worksheets. You don’t have to be an expert Excel user to get the benefit of this book.

Excel has a lot more features now and I really would like another library focused Excel manual geared to the average user. Simple sorts and functions can yield lots of information about your collection.

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NLW 2022: Internet Resources circa 2001

Librarian’s Quick Guide to Internet Resources
2nd Edition
Semenza
2001

Since it is National Library Week, Holly and I usually feature some titles related to libraries and or librarians. Since both of us have been in library work from what seems like the beginning of time, this book was literally a blast from the past. I know that in 2001 both Holly and I would have embraced this book as a bible to the Internet.

Back in the day we constantly curated pathfinders/reference guides for our own use at the reference desk. At the time, Google was only a few years old and Web 2.0 wasn’t a thing. There was also a lot of resistance in the profession to embrace technology. The more tech motivated librarians at the time would have loved this book for it’s practical ready reference sources and it’s logical organization.

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Choose Your Own Sex Adventure

He Gave Her Roses
Grove
1990

Submitter:¬†This book is a “choose-your-own-ending” type of book about dating, but with a heavy religious theme, full of fear, shame, and judgement; and putting all the responsibility on the girl. In my opinion, it has no place in a public library to begin with, but it’s been sitting on my library’s YA shelves since 1990, even though it had not been checked out in over six years, and only a few times total. The cover art is horrendous, the girl looks like either a mannequin or corpse, and the story is even worse.

Stacey has her first serious boyfriend and is faced with deciding to have sex. In some of the paths, she ends up pregnant, and may have an abortion, give up the baby, or keep it. She may or may not marry the father, may or may not finish school. The ending that caught my eye was the one where she went to college and started dating a nice Christian boy, but then he dumps her when he finds out she’s not a virgin. But she doesn’t blame him, she just wonders if she will ever find anyone to love her. You know, now that she’s damaged goods and all. Just gross!

Holly: That’s a new one: Choose your own sex adventure.