From Seed to Jack o Lantern coverFrom Seed to Jack-O’-Lantern

Submitter: Here’s one that I recently found and weeded in our collection—2 copies, no less (and both had circulated recently)!! Mainly, the photos are so dated and all in black and white—the information isn’t bad, just dry. The seed company on the last page—Joseph Harris Company—is still in business as Harris Seeds!

Holly: The pictures definitely scream 1974. That was the year I was born, and I’m 43 years old. The kids in that picture are pushing 50 now. Cute idea, and a totally reasonable choice for a public library in 1974, but it really is dated and kind of boring. In my public library, books like this fly off the shelf every October. We want to offer the most interesting and appealing pumpkin/jack-o-lantern books we can!

Planting pumpkin seeds

Young girls in a pumpkin patch

Child drawing on a pumpkin

Making jack o lanterns



  1. Even though this is black-and-white, between the wallpaper and the plaid-with-lacy-frills top on that one tyke’s dress, I need eye bleach…………

  2. “BOTH copies circulated recently,” and “books like this fly off the shelf every October…” and “the information isn’t bad.”

    So why would you weed this?

    1. Just because people are desperate enough to take the ugly, boring, outdated library book, doesn’t mean that’s what you want out there representing your library in the community. You weed it and replace it with something new and attractive.

  3. This is not the last pumpkin book ever published! Think more in terms of replacing it with fresher items that cover the same topic. When fall rolls around, there’s high demand for books about fall, pumpkins, apples, harvest, hibernation, etc. To keep ahead, the librarians have to plan and budget for new books in time for the upcoming season. Sadly, if there’s no money, you’ve got to hang onto what you’ve got. Once the colorful, appealing new titles arrive, you can “spirit” the worn, outdated books away to the sale shelf. A library is not an ancient Pyramid–a repository frozen in time. The collection continually evolves because users expect the most up-to-date information.

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